A recent study published in Human Reproduction raises concerns about prescribing antidepressants to pregnant women.
The study, conducted by researchers in the Boston area, stated that there is “concerning evidence” that the use of antidepressants by pregnant women could lead to greater risks of miscarriages, premature birth and other health risks for both the mother and child, reports CBS News.
The study also went on to say that they see “no evidence” that the use of antidepressants provide a beneficial outcome for either the mother or the baby.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are one of the most popular types of anti-depressants on the market today. They are sold under the brand names Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil and Zoloft.
The researchers in this study found that the SSRI’s were no more effective than placebos when it came to treating pregnant women for depression.
Antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed medication for women in the 18 to 44 year range.