Antidepressant Tied to Risk of Newborn Heart Defect

A new study shows that women who use the antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion) may increased their risk of having a baby with a type of heart defect.

Previous studies have already linked other antidepressants to risks of certain birth defects. A 2009 study found that the risk of heart defects was elevated among children whose mothers had used Prozac, Zoloft or Celexa during early pregnancy.

Reuters reports:

“[Children] whose mothers used bupropion during early pregnancy had more than double the risk of heart defects known as left outflow tract defects ... [which] affect the flow of blood from the heart's left chambers to the rest of the body.”

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