Recent studies and Food and Drug Administration advisories indicate that taking some antidepressants or seizure/migraine medications during pregnancy may lead to birth defects. Among the drugs being evaluated are:

  1. Zoloft™ / sertraline;
  2. Paxil™ / paroxetine;
  3. Celexa™ / citalopram;
  4. Lexapro™ / escotalopram;
  5. Prozac™ / fluoxetine;
  6. Effexor™ / venlafaxine; and
  7. Topamax™ / topiramate.

Among the birth defects being investigated are congenital issues such as:

  1. heart issues including irregularities in the walls and valves of the heart, atrial or ventricular septal defects (ASD/VSD), pulmonary stenosis or atresia, tricuspid atresia, aortic stenosis, transposition of the great arteries (TGA), double outlet of the right ventricle (DORV), narrowing or coartation of the aorta, and Tetralogy of Fallot;
  2. lung problems including persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN);
  3. brain and spinal cord deficiencies including spina bifida
  4. cranial malformations such as craniosynostosis;
  5. abdominal wall issues such as omphalocele;
  6. autism;
  7. anal atresia;
  8. limb defects such as clubfoot; and
  9. cleft lip and/or cleft palate.

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