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Published on Jan 02, 2013
 

Antidepressants don't raise pregnancy risks: Study

 
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The use of antidepressants during pregnancy is not linked to a higher overall risk of stillbirth and death in newborns, a study said on Tuesday, confounding a long-held opposing view of such drugs.

The Swedish study of more than 1.6 million births in five Nordic countries included nearly 30,000 women who had filled in a prescription for an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) during pregnancy.

The researchers found that the 1.79 per cent of mothers exposed to an SSRI had higher rates of stillbirth (4.62 versus 3.69 per 1,000) and postneonatal death (1.38 versus 0.96 per 1,000) than those who did not.

But the slightly higher rates were attributed to the severity of the underlying psychiatric disease - usually depression - rather than its treatment.