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Multiple health studies suggest a link between pregnant women taking prescription antidepressants and birth defects.

To support mothers and their babies adversely affected by antidepressant medication, LawyersandSettlements.com promotes free case evaluations from leading law firms.

Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) February 16, 2006 - New medical research shows that women taking antidepressants, such as Prozac or Paxil, while pregnant may increase health risks of their unborn baby. Alleged health problems of babies exposed to SSRI antidepressants include heart defects, congenital malformations, pulmonary hypertension, and drug-withdrawal symptoms.

Paxil, one of the most widely prescribed SSRI antidepressants has been under attack by medical professionals as the FDA released information of increased heart defects in babies when their mothers had taken Paxil during the first trimester of pregnancy. The study involved more than 3,500 pregnant women.

Other studies have analyzed multiple antidepressants to further examine the possible link to birth defects. Commonly prescribed SSRI Antidepressants include: Prozac (fluoxetine), Paxil (paroxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Luvox (fluvoxamine), Celexa (citalopram), Effexor (venlafaxine), Lexapro (escitalopram). In the past, some SSRI drugs have been associated with increasing suicidal tendencies in patients.

Women prescribed antidepressant medication during pregnancy and not informed of the risks may get more information at: http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/lawsuit/ssri_birth_defects.html

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