Antidepressants, SSRI's and birth defectsAs always, you should be careful with all types of medications or supplements if you are trying to conceive or already pregnancy. This is especially true if you're taking antidepressants. Talk with your doctor about alternatives if you are trying to conceive. Read more:
Several studies have shown a link to birth defects, particularly malformed hearts, in a small proportion of the babies born to women who were taking the drug in the early weeks of pregnancy.
Most GPs in the UK believe that these drugs are safer than older antidepressants. Seroxat has been marketed to women as a drug to relieve anxiety and depression.
In the US, the Food and Drug Administration, which licences medicines, issued a warning in 2005 and changed the status of Seroxat, which is sold there under the brand name Paxil. The FDA warns doctors "not to prescribe Paxil in women who are in the first three months of pregnancy or are planning pregnancy, unless other treatment options are not appropriate".