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Paroxetine (Aropax (r)), and anti-depressant drug, has been associated with a higher incidence of birth defects, particularly heart defects in unborn babies. Studies have not yet been conducted to confirm the association, but drug company representatives are encouraging doctors to make their patients aware of the risk and avoid Aropax use in pregnancy, or slowly withdraw them from the medication if they are pregnant. However, risk for the fetus should be weighed against risk of the severely depressed mother causing harm to the infant and/or committing suicide.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Age
About: Antidepressant use in pregnant mothers
Date: 8 September 2005
Source: The Age
Author: Tom Noble
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