Warning: Antidepressants Can Cause Miscarriages

A new study finds a 68 percent increase in the overall risk of miscarriage in pregnant women using antidepressants. Antidepressants are widely used during pregnancy, with up to 3.7 percent of women taking them during the first trimester.

Researchers looked at data on more than 5000 women who had clinically verified miscarriages, and a large sample of women who did not have a miscarriage. Of those who miscarried, 5.5 percent had taken antidepressants during pregnancy.

According to Eurekalert:

“Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), especially paroxetine and also venlafaxine were associated with increased risk of miscarriage as were higher daily doses of either antidepressant. As well, a combination of different antidepressants doubled the risk of miscarriages.”

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