Antidepressant Use Linked to Increased Pulmonary Hypertension Risk in Infants

New York Times (01/13/12) Dell'Antonia, KJ
A study published in the British Medical Journal provides stronger evidence that taking some antidepressants during pregnancy doubles the risk of a baby developing pulmonary hypertension. The research, based on 1.6 million births in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden from 1996 to 2007, showed that among women using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, the risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension for infants more than doubled (particularly for use late in pregnancy).

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