Posts Tagged 'antidepressant'

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy May Increase Risk of Diabetes, Obesity for Child

A new study suggests that antidepressants used by pregnant women may increase their offspring’s risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity later in life. Certain antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), have already been linked to potential birth defects in the children of pregnant users.

The research, conducted by scientists at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, was designed to find a connection between the use of antidepressants and the development of fatty liver in the baby. ...

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New Study Shows Pregnant Women Increase Risk of Malformed Babies with Antidepressants

A recent study shows that one in five children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy have a brain defect known as Chiari type 1 malformation. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study showed that children of mothers being treated with antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression during pregnancy were more likely to develop malformations than children with mothers that did not have depression. Examples of SSRIs include Zoloft and ...

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Premature Births More Common for Pregnant Women on Antidepressants

SSRI antidepressants linked to premature birthA recent study shows that women who take antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to deliver their babies prematurely. Many of the drugs considered in the study belong to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs like Zoloft and Effexor.

The study was a review of 41 different papers that observed the use of antidepressants by pregnant women. The researchers said that they accounted for ...

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Study says some antidepressants pose heart risk

A recent study indicates that some antidepressants classified as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, pose a small but serious heart risk.

A BBC News story says that U.S. researchers came to that conclusion after examining the medical records of 38,000 patients from New England. They found evidence linking the antidepressants citalopram and escitalopram to a heart rhythm disturbance known as “long QT interval.”

This isn’t the first time that SSRI antidepressants have ...

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Court reverses ‘off label’ drug marketing conviction

A federal appeals court has ruled that pharmaceutical sales staff can’t be convicted for promoting drugs for “off label” uses, as long as those uses are otherwise legal.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York issued the decision in the case of Alfred Caronia, a pharmaceutical sales representative convicted in 2008 of illegally promoting the narcolepsy medication Xyrem for unapproved uses. In his appeal, Bloomberg reports, Caronia contended that the conviction ...

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Medical journals print biased studies

An article in the Washington Post says major medical journals routinely print studies over which pharmaceutical companies can exert major influence. That company influence “has become a common practice that reflects the growing role of industry money in research,” the article says.

As an example, the Washington Post cites a 17-page article in the New England Journal of Medicine that rated GlaxoSmithKline’s Avandia the best of three diabetes drugs. GlaxoSmithKline funded the trial that formed the basis of the article, and ...

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