SSRI Drug News

SSRIs linked to increased health issues for babies

January 24th, 2016

A new study of 845,000 single births in Finland has found that antidepressants in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) could increase risks of health problems in children born to women who use them during pregnancy. Common SSRI antidepressants include Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa and Lexapro. More »

Company launches app to document experiences with antidepressants

November 17th, 2015

A crowdsourced drug review startup company called Iodine has released an app to document patient experiences with antidepressants. The app is called “Start,” and it’s designed to track and log a patient’s usage of antidepressants as well as how they’re feeling, antidepressant side effects they’ve experienced, perceived drug efficacy and other factors. More »

More research links SSRI use during pregnancy to birth defects

July 26th, 2015

A new study published in the British Medical Journal has reaffirmed a connection between certain antidepressants in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and birth defects. The study reviewed nearly 28,000 women, including more than 17,000 women who had given birth to a child with severe birth defects between 1997 and 2009. More »

SSRI antidepressants not recommended for infertile women

February 27th, 2013

A study published in Medscape Today has found that there is little to no benefit of taking antidepressants in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for infertile women. The study also reinforced the link between SSRI antidepressants, such as Zoloft, Celexa and Lexapro, and birth defects. More »

SSRI antidepressants could cause heart rhythm abnormalities

February 1st, 2013

A study published on the British Medical Journal website has linked antidepressants in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to heart rhythm abnormalities. Some of the most-prescribed drugs in the U.S. are SSRIs, including Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro. More »

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January 16th, 2013

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month in the United States, a month dedicated to raising awareness to the causes and cures for birth defects. One key aspect of National Birth Defects Prevention Month is educating women about the risks of birth defects associated with medications. More »

Canada certifies class action Paxil birth defects lawsuit

December 6th, 2012

A Canadian woman’s Paxil lawsuit has been certified as a class action, the first in Canada for birth defects related to antidepressants. Faith Gibson alleges that drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline failed to warn patients and doctors that its antidepressant Paxil could increase the risks of severe birth defects after her daughter was born with a hole in her heart. More »

Blood test for inflammation may aid in depression treatment

September 27th, 2012

British scientists from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry have conducted a study matching biological markers in the blood to the best treatments for depression. The study included selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants such as Lexapro, Seroplex, and Cipralex, as well as a selection of tricyclic antidepressants. More »

Antidepressants linked to preterm birth, seizures

June 6th, 2012

Antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which include Zoloft and Paxil, have been linked to premature births and seizures among infants, according to a new study. Researchers focused on nearly 230,000 Tennessee women who gave birth between 1995 and 2007. More »

Pregnancy complications, birth defects linked to antidepressants

March 9th, 2012

New research published in the Archives of General Psychiatry has revealed additional complications and birth defects related to a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The study of nearly 8,000 pregnant women in the Netherlands monitored possible abnormalities in children born to women on SSRIs such as Zoloft and Paxil. More »

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