Antidepressants in pregnancy pose little heart risk for fetus, study shows

June 19, 2014 11:40 AM

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Antidepressants in pregnancy pose little heart risk for fetus, study shows

Records from nearly a million women and their newborn children offer new evidence that common antidepressants taken during pregnancy do not increase the risk of having a baby with a heart defect.

The findings may help resolve the longstanding question of whether drugs like paroxetine, sold under brand names such as Paxil, and sertraline (Zoloft) carry serious risks for the fetus.

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