Pregnant? Avoid Paxil
According to an AP story in the Leader-Telegram Online today,
Pregnant women and those who plan to become pregnant should avoid taking the antidepressant Paxil if possible because of the risk of birth defects, a group of obstetricians said Thursday.
The opinion issued by the obstetric practice committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists comes nearly a year after the Food and Drug Administration and manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline reclassified the drug to reflect studies in pregnant women that showed the drug poses a risk to the fetus.
Good to know, in case you didn’t already.
If you are currently taking Paxil and are pregnant, please call or talk to your doctor first before discontinuing the medication. Like all medications, discontinuing its use is best done under the care and supervision of a doctor.
Grohol, J. (2006). Pregnant? Avoid Paxil. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 18, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2006/11/30/pregnant-avoid-paxil/