February 20, 2013

Zoloft lawsuit accuses manufacturers of fraud

A California woman has filed a Zoloft lawsuit alleging the manufacturer of the drug committed fraud by marketing the drug as effective. Laura Plumlee has said that Pfizer withheld studies from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicating that the antidepressant drug is about as effective as a placebo. Many studies have also linked the drug to potentially severe birth defects.

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January 16, 2013

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month in the United States, a month dedicated to raising awareness to the causes and cures for birth defects. One key aspect of National Birth Defects Prevention Month is educating women about the risks of birth defects associated with medications.

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January 15, 2013

Doctors urge caution in SSRI use

Doctors continue to urge caution among pregnant women who use antidepressants in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Doctor Olof Stephansson, a researcher in a recent study to determine infant deaths associated with SSRI antidepressant use, recommended women use the lowest dose possible, if at all.

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January 7, 2013

Serotonin syndrome related to antidepressants goes underreported

A new report suggests serotonin syndrome, a potentially fatal condition in which the body produces too much serotonin, goes largely underreported. The leading cause of severe cases of serotonin syndrome is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) such as Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa and Lexapro.

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December 6, 2012

Canada certifies class action Paxil birth defects lawsuit

A Canadian woman’s Paxil lawsuit has been certified as a class action, the first in Canada for birth defects related to antidepressants. Faith Gibson alleges that drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline failed to warn patients and doctors that its antidepressant Paxil could increase the risks of severe birth defects after her daughter was born with a hole in her heart.

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November 20, 2012

Acupuncture may be more effective at reducing migraines than Topamax

A study conducted in Taiwanhas found that acupuncture may be more effective at reducing migraine headaches than topiramate, the active ingredient in Topamax. Topamax side effects include heart and memory complications, as well as congenital birth defects among women who use the drug while pregnant.

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November 15, 2012

Antidepressants during pregnancy carry risks, study says

According to a new review, pregnant women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) -- a popular type of antidepressants -- may have a greater risk of pregnancy complications, including birth defects, pre-term birth and miscarriage.

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