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SSRI Antidepressants and Birth Defects

A new study has verified that antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may increase the risk for birth defects when taken by the mother during pregnancy. SSRIs and combination drugs containing an SSRI include brand names Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Fluvoxamine, and Symbyax.