Pregnant women that take antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may have a slightly increased risk of developing a dangerously high blood pressure, according to Canadian researchers.
Preeclampsia, the condition linked to SSRI use, can be harmful to both mothers and their unborn babies, according to the research. Women taking these medications should consult their doctor with any concerns before stopping usage of the medicine. Paxil and Prazac are the two most commonly prescribed SSRIs.
“We know that antidepressants should be used during pregnancy, but they should be used with caution,” said lead researcher Anick Berard. She added that the association between hypertension and SSRI use is a new finding.
The report, published in the March 22 issue of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, included data from a study of more than 1,200 women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy that did or did not result in preeclampsia and who had no history of high blood pressure prior to the pregnancy. These women were compared with more than 12,000 healthy women.
The study found that women taking SSRIs were at a 60 percent higher risk of developing high blood pressure. The study also found that not all SSRIs come with the same risk.
Researchers believe the findings of the study are important because SSRIs are the most commonly used drugs to treat depression. According to researchers, 4 percent to 14 percent of the estimated 20 percent of women who suffer from depression during pregnancy take antidepressants.
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