“This large case-control epidemiologic study focusing on risk factors for PPHN showed a significant associate between exposure of a mother to an SSRI during late pregnancy and the occurrence of PPHN in her infant.”
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) July 11, 2012
Antidepressant medication is the most prescribed drug in the country. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 11 percent of Americans are prescribed antidepressant medication. The National Birth Defects Prevention Study, funded by the CDC and the New England Journal of Medicine, investigated the medication called Lexapro and found many serious side effects including cardiac birth defects or congenital birth defects.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a case study investigating the correlation between selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Lexapro, and the risk of pulmonary hypertension of newborns in 2006. As reported in this study, “Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) is associated with substantial infant mortality and morbidity…despite treatment, 10 to 20 perfect of affected infants will not survive. This large case-control epidemiologic study focusing on risk factors for PPHN showed a significant associate between exposure of a mother to an SSRI during late pregnancy and the occurrence of PPHN in her infant.”
Now linked to many serious side effects, including seizures, Lexapro may lead to severe and sometimes permanent psychological disorder and cardiovascular birth defects. Anencephaly, a birth defect that affects the tissue that grows into the spinal cord and brain, occurs in roughly 1 in 10,000 births. However, a 2007 study also published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that Lexapro, among other antidepressants, may increase risk factors by more than 200 percent. The study also reveals that Lexapro may double the chances of omphalocele, a birth defect that results in the intestine remaining outside of the umbilical cord that requires surgery to correct.
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