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SSRIs and pregnancy: Concern with some agents, not others

KEY POINT

Select birth defects were observed with maternal use of fluoxetine or paroxetine, but not with other SSRIs such as sertraline, citalopram, or escitalopram, according to a case control study of birth defects published in the British Medical Journal

SOURCES

Reefhuis J et al. Specific SSRIs and birth defects: Bayesian analysis to interpret new data in the context of previous reports. BMJ. 2015;[Epub ahead of print].

ACOG Practice Bulletin. Use of psychiatric medications during pregnancy and lactation. Obstet Gynecol. 2008;111:1001–20.