Women who take antidepressant fluoxetine (the generic name for Prozac) during pregnancy are four times as likely to give birth to babies with heart problems, according to reports, while women who take the anti-depressant paroxetine are three times as likely. A study, published in the current British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology says, “Further analysis showed a strong association between major heart anomalies and taking fluoxetine in the first trimester. Women who smoked more than 10 cigarettes a day also had more babies with heart anomalies. Women taking paroxetine or smoking less than ten cigarettes a day also faced elevated risks, but not to the same extent." [Science Daily]
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