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However, researchers have recently concluded that the use of Prozac for depression may lead to an increased risk of congenital birth defects in children whose mothers took the antidepressant while they were pregnant.

UPDATE: Study Confirms Prozac Increases Risk of Birth Defects

July 9, 2015 — When women use Prozac just before or during the first three months of pregnancy, they may double or triple the risk of having a baby with certain birth defects, according to a new study. Click here to read more.

July 1, 2014 — The use of Prozac or other antidepressants during pregnancy could increase levels of triglycerides, fat, and cholesterol in a developing fetus, which could increase a child’s risk of diabetes and obesity, according to a study presented at a joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and The Endocrine Society. Click here to read more.

Prozac Overview

A Prozac prescription is typically administered to treat chronic bouts of depression, but those who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks may also find the medication useful. However, the continual use of Prozac may lead to severe complications that the user was never informed of. In July 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the birth defects risk caused by using antidepressants during pregnancy. Side effects of Prozac have been linked to an increased risk of congenital birth defects in children born to mothers who took the drug during pregnancy.

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