SSRI study compares birth defects: Zoloft use while pregnant has highest risk of septal heart defects

Researchers in Denmark have found a link between the use of SSRI antidepressants during early pregnancy and an increased risk of congenital heart defects. Among the SSRI antidepressants studied, Zoloft (setraline) was found to have the highest risk of heart defects.

Zoloft use during early pregnancy was found to be associated with a threefold increase in the risk of cardiac malformations at or shortly after birth. The most common heart defects associated with the use of Zoloft while pregnant were Septal Defects. Zoloft use was associated with an alarming 330% increase in the risk of Atrial Septal Defects and Ventricular Septal Defects, commonly called a “hole on the heart.”

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The study, “Use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during early pregnancy and risk of congenital malformations: updated analysis,” was published in the medical journal Clinical Epidemiology. Researcher Jette Kornum is the lead author of the study. Kornum and his team of scientists compared the prevalence of birth defects in a population of more than 215, 000 Danish women. Comparisons were made of the prevalence of birth defects between infants born to women who took SSRI antidepressants during early pregnancy with infants whose mothers’ did not take an SSRI while pregnant.

The SSRI antidepressants included in the study were Prozac (flouxetine), Paxil (paroxetine), Lexapro (escitalopram), Celexa (citalopram) and Zoloft (setraline).

Among the women who took SSRI antidepressant while pregnant, 5.1% gave birth to infants with birth defects. Only 3.5% of the babies born to mothers who did not take SSRI’s during pregnancy gave birth to infants with birth defects. The most common congenital malformations among the infants of mothers who took SSRI antidepressants were heart defects. For specific SSRI’s, Zoloft (setraline) was found to pose the highest risk of septal heart defects. Zoloft (setraline) was found to be associated with a threefold increased risk of septal defects.

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The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants such as Zoloft during pregnancy has been found to increase the risk of atrial and ventricular septal defects (ASD and VSD).

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