The popular antidepressant Paxil has faced numerous lawsuits as a result of its side effects, and new research adds to the mounting concerns regarding this product. Reuters Health reports that Paxil, when taken during the second trimester of pregnancy, can more than double the risk of premature birth.
The information comes from a new study, conducted at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, which observed 229,000 infants. The study found that when expectant mothers fill 2 to 3 Paxil prescriptions during the second trimester, the babies were delivered 4 to 5 days earlier than other babies. Overall, 27 percent of mothers observed in the study went into early labor, while 14 percent of the mothers actually delivered prematurely.
The woman observed were all from Tennessee, and all on Medicaid. Most of the women stopped using the antidepressant prior to their second trimester, but the few who continued using the drug had the highest instances of premature birth. Other possible factors, such as the ages of the women and their health and smoking habits, are not clearly spelled out. The research was conducted between 1995 and 2007.
One of the researchers in the study, Dr. Richard C. Shelton, told Reuters that the ideal course of action for a pregnant woman is to cease taking antidepressants altogether, although she should always talk to her physician before stopping any medication. The nature and severity of the depression must also be taken into consideration.
Paxil is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a popular type of antidepressant that has been the subject of numerous lawsuits for years. Throughout the course of its existence, a wide array of side effects have been reported, including birth defects, nausea, constipation, chest pain, back pain, hostility, irritability, irregular heartbeat, memory loss and even hallucinations.
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