Paxil, Prozac Linked to Cardiac Birth Defects

A new Finnish study has linked the use of antidepressants Prozac and Paxil to cardiac birth defects in pregnant women who’ve taken the drugs. The study was published in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
According to a media report “Researchers looked at national data from Finland on 635,583 births occurring between 1996 and 2006, and found that 31 out of every 10,000 women who took Paxil during pregnancy gave birth to children with right ventricular outflow tract defects that affect blood flow from the right chambers of the heart to the rest of the body, more than four times the frequency of births among women who did not take Paxil. For those who took Prozac, 105 babies born out of every 10,000 had isolated ventrical septal defects; a hole between the left and right sides of the heart, which was more than double the rate of babies born to women who did not take the drug.”