Archive for December, 2010

FDA Warning for Paxil Users!

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

FDA Warning for Paxil users

Popular Antidepressant PAXIL Linked to Several Birth Defects When Taken During Pregnancy
Heart Defects

Paxil has been linked to numerous birth defects. Heart defects including atrial and ventricular septal defects have been linked with Paxil use during the first trimester of pregnancy. According to two studies, women who took the antidepressant Paxil during their first trimester of pregnancy were one and a half to two times more likely to have a baby born with a heart defect than women on other antidepressants or women in the general population. These studies reported mostly atrial and ventricular septal defects, which are holes in heart’s chamber walls. The right and left atria are separated from each other by a septum; one side contains oxygen-rich blood and the other oxygen-poor blood, and the septum keeps these chambers separate. A defect in the septum may need to be repaired surgically and can be life threatening.

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FDA Warning for Effexor users!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

FDA Warning for Effexor users

Effexor (venlafaxine) or Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) may cause birth defects!

Effexor, also known as venlafaxine, is a serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant prescribed for the treatment of major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder. Antidepressants such as Effexor and Pristiq may cause birth defects in newborns, according to information which has been emerging since 2005.

Babies who were exposed to Effexor prior to birth may be at an increased risk of developing severe birth defects. These side effects may include heart and lung defects. Although little research has been done on the risk of Effexor birth defects, medications that are similar to Effexor have been linked to serious risks for newborn babies.

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