WARNING: EXPOSURE TO ANTIDEPRESSANTS IN UTERO MAY CAUSE A SEVERE BIRTH DEFECT KNOWN AS TRANSPOSITION OF THE GREAT ARTERIES (TGA) IN CHILDREN BORN TO MOTHERS WHO TOOK THE DRUGS WHILE PREGNANT.
TGA: An Overview
Transposition of the great arteries is a congenital heart defect that occurs when the two main arteries going out of the heart—the pulmonary artery and the aorta—are switched in position (transposed). Because the arteries are transposed, blood returning from the body bypasses the lungs and is pumped back out to the body. The unfortunate result is that too little oxygen is in the blood that is pumped from the heart to the rest of the body.
Antidepressants & Pregnancy
Be advised: pregnant women should avoid taking antidepressants – they are hazardous to the developing fetus, and can cause TGA and other life-threatening conditions in the newborn baby. If pregnant women need help with sad or anxious feelings, they should seek counseling or psychotherapy before considering antidepressant medication.
How many drugs have been associated with TGA?
The following antidepressants have been associated with the development of TGA in children born to mothers who took them during pregnancy:
- Paxil (Paroxetine)
- Zoloft (Sertraline)
- Celexa (Citalopram)
- Prozac (Fluoxetine)
- Lexapro (Escitalopram)
- Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
- Wellbutrin (Bupropion)
- Effexor (Venlafaxine)
What are the signs & symptoms?
Symptoms of transposition of the great arteries are profound, typically observed shortly after birth, and include:
- Cyanosis (bluish discoloration of the skin caused by oxygen-poor blood
- Heart failure
- Difficulty breathing
For a comprehensive account of this catastrophic medical condition, please visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website.
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