Researchers from the University of Montreal have confirmed previous studies linking the use of certain antidepressants to an increased risk of miscarriage. The researchers studied 5,124 women who had suffered miscarriages. They found that there was an increased risk associated with SSRIs (serotonin specific reuptake inhibitors), especially Seroxat and Effexor. Overall, the increased risk was 68%. It is estimated that more than 1 in 30 women take antidepressants when pregnant. Doctors warn, however, that coming off the drugs suddenly can lead to a relapse with the potential to put both mothers and babies at risk.
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