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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.

Pregnant? Avoid Paxil

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.


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Grohol, J. (2006). Pregnant? Avoid Paxil. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 27, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/pregnant-avoid-paxil/

 

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