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Do SSRIs affect babies?

Do SSRIs affect babies?

It’s important for a mother and her doctor to know the risks. About 30 percent of babies whose mothers take SSRIs will experience neonatal adaptation syndrome, which can cause increased jitteriness, irritability and respiratory distress (difficulty breathing), among other symptoms.

Which of the following symptoms may neonates who have been exposed to SSRIs in utero exhibit during the first two days of life?

Approximately one third of newborns exposed to SSRIs/SNRIs in utero will experience neonatal adaptation syndrome (NAS), which generally presents within a few hours following birth and may include a combination of respiratory distress, feeding difficulty, jitteriness, irritability, temperature instability, sleep …

Do babies withdraw from SSRI?

Antenatal depression affects up to 1 in 8 pregnancies, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed for affected women. Some babies exposed to SSRIs in utero can display a form of withdrawal syndrome during the newborn period.

Is it safe to have a baby while on antidepressants?

The biggest concern is typically the risk of birth defects from exposure to antidepressants. Overall, the risk of birth defects and other problems for babies of mothers who take antidepressants during pregnancy is very low. However, some antidepressants are associated with a higher risk of complications for your baby.

Which SSRI is safe in breastfeeding?

Sertraline and paroxetine (among SSRIs) and nortriptyline and imipramine (among TCAs) are the most evidence-based medications for use during breastfeeding because of similar findings across multiple laboratories, usually undetectable infant serum levels and no reports of short term adverse events.

Can you breastfeed while taking anxiety medication?

Most importantly, antidepressants should only be taken during breastfeeding under the supervision and direction of your healthcare provider. Zoloft appears to be a safe anxiety medication while breastfeeding. Paxil may also be safe, and Prozac would probably be the last choice among SSRIs for use during breastfeeding.

What are the risks of taking SSRIs during pregnancy?

While first trimester use of SSRIs/SNRIs does not significantly increase the risks for birth defects, there appears to be a slightly increased risk of congenital heart defects associated with their use (particularly with exposure to paroxetine).

Can a newborn be born after taking SSRI’s?

(A) 5 All newborns born after in utero exposure to SSRI/SNRI require a complete clinical exam immediately after delivery and prior to discharge from hospital. (A) 6 Serious congenital heart defects will likely be discovered through use of clinical examination and pulse oximetry (see recommendation 4).

When do you stop taking SSRI’s during pregnancy?

In 2011, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) released a position statement1with recommendations for practitioners who are caring for newborns who were exposed to selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI) during pregnancy. The recommendations called for increased surveillance for the newborn for 48 hrs after delivery.

What kind of antidepressants can you take during pregnancy?

The antidepressant medications most commonly used to treat depression during pregnancy are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These are also the most well studied antidepressants in terms of their potential risk to the newborn.