Prozac in Pregnancy Toxic to Fetus

Taking the antidepressant drug Prozac late in pregnancy may be toxic to the fetus. Mothers who take Prozac during the third trimester of pregnancy risk premature delivery and put their infants at risk of "poor neonatal adaptation," including:

  • Jitteriness
  • Low blood sugar
  • Low body temperature
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Trouble breathing
  • Diminished reaction to pain
  • Not getting enough oxygen while feeding

Further, Prozac taken by breastfeeding mothers may retard infants' early growth. The report also says that the antidepressant also has "reproductive toxicity" that can cause problems for adults taking the drugs. Of course pregnant women who are suffering from depression should get help, but there are healthier options for both mother and baby.

CNN April 28, 2004

Full Expert Panel Report April 2004

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