Monday, June 21, 2010

Miscarriage Risk with Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy

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Previous studies of antidepressant use in pregnancy have indicated that there is very little risk of birth defects in the infants. However, these studies did not examine the possible risk of miscarriage associated with antidepressant use. A new study indicates there may be an increased risk to be aware of.

Miscarriage Risk with Use of Antidepressants in Pregnancy

A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found a 68% increase in miscarriages among pregnancy women taking antidepressants. Of the women who experienced a miscarriage before 20 weeks in the study, 5.5% had taken antidepressants. Researchers also determined that combining more than one type of antidepressant increased the risk of miscarriage.

This is the largest study to date on the issue, which is always an important factor in evaluating the usefulness of a research study. However, this study did not examine any potential confounding variables. This means it is impossible to assume any kind of cause and effect relationship between antidepressant use during pregnancy and miscarriage.

The decision to stay on or go off of antidepressants during pregnancy is a very individual, highly personal choice. If you're considering trying to conceive it is important to talk candidly with all your care providers about your options and what might be the best choice given your particular circumstances.

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