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Prozac Heart Birth Defects

Prozac (fluoxetine) is included in a group of medications called Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) that work by boosting serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in the regulation of mood, sleep and appetite. These SSRIs have been linked to serious side effects. Among the reported Prozac side effects are an increased risk of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), congenital heart defects and withdrawal symptoms. Prozac is an antidepressant used to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and panic disorder.

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Prozac Birth Defects

Prozac heart birth defectsAccording to researchers, pregnant women who take antidepressants such as Prozac increase the risk of birth defects in their babies by more than half. Furthermore, women using SSRIs in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy—when many may be unaware they are expecting—were at a 40 percent greater risk of their baby suffering malformation. The risk of heart defects was 60 percent higher. The study, conducted by researchers in the US and Denmark, compared 1,054 women who took SSRIs during the first three months of pregnancy with 150,000 who were not prescribed them.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Prozac in 1998 and it became the most widely prescribed drug for depression on the market. However, two years before the FDA approval, a 1996 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women taking Prozac during pregnancy were twice as likely to deliver a baby with three or more "minor abnormalities" and poorer than average neonatal adaptation.

Almost a decade later, in 2005, a Danish study indicated that pregnant women who take SSRI antidepressant medicines in early pregnancy may have an increased risk of giving birth to an infant with heart problems. In this study, infants exposed to SSRI antidepressants during the first 3 months of pregnancy had a 60 percent higher chance of developing a heart problem compared with infants whose mothers did not take SSRI antidepressants.

In 2004, Health Canada advised of potential adverse effects of SSRIs and other anti-depressants on newborns, including fluoxetine [Prozac]. The advisory was intended to increase awareness among mothers and physicians of the possible symptoms that may occur in the newborn, so that symptoms could be recognized and addressed immediately.

In May 2005, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, estimated in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that in any given year at least 80,000 pregnant women in the U.S. are prescribed SSRIs, with Prozac being the biggest seller.

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I took Prozac the whole time I was pregnant. I also took it the year before he was born and also had a daughter that died. She died 12 hours after she was born from an unknown cause other than she had resp. problems from the beginning.

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I am sure that this may have a lot to do with my sons shortness of breath and pain in chest area he has always had a struggle keeping up with others his age.

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My husband and I have gone through 4 IVF cycles. On the second cycle we conceived and we were thrilled!! At about 7 weeks we went in for the ultrasound only to find out that the baby's heart was not beating. We were devastated!! We have tried to get pregnant 2 more times but it did not work. We have spent a TON of money as insurance did not cover any of the procedures but most importantly, we went through mental hell. It was the hardest thing to ever go through. We lost our baby due to a defective heart that never started beating.

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