Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors, also known as SNRIs, are medications that are used to treat depression and other mood disorders. One of the most popular SNRIs is Pristiq (desvenlafaxine). Unfortunately, several studies have linked the use of antidepressants during pregnancy to an increased risk of birth defects. According to the manufacturer of Pristiq, these side effects are consistent with a direct toxic effect of SNRIs on a developing baby.
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SNRI Birth Defects
Depression is a serious illness that primarily affects women of childbearing age. The percentage of women who use an antidepressant during pregnancy is estimated to be as high as 8%. Unfortunately, several studies have linked antidepressants to an increased risk of birth defects.
Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs) are a class of antidepressant medications that includes:
Pristiq Birth Defects
Taking the antidepressant Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) during pregnancy may increase your risk of having a baby with a birth defect. The FDA classifies Pristiq as a “Pregnancy Category C” drug, which means that it could cause birth defects, but doctors may still prescribe Pristiq if the benefits outweigh the risks.
In animal studies of Pristiq in rabbits and rodents, Prstiq has been linked to low birth weight and increased risk of death for unknown cause.
According to the manufacturer of Pristiq, no studies have been conducted of Pristiq in pregnant women. Therefore, Pristiq should only be used during pregnancy if the benefits for the mother outweigh any potential risks to a developing fetus.
After warning about the risk of using Pristiq during the third trimester of pregnancy, the manufacturer warns that “These features are consistent with either a direct toxic effect of SSRIs and SNRIs or, possibly, a drug discontinuation syndrome.”
SNRIs and Third Trimester Concerns
Studies have found that up to 30% of infants exposed to an SSRI until the third trimester show drug withdrawal symptoms at birth. These symptoms may include:
- Respiratory distress (apnea)
- Low oxygen
- Tremors, jitteriness
- Irritability, constant crying
- Trouble with feeding
- And more
The warning on Pristiq states:
“Neonates exposed to SNRIs (Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors), or SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors), late in the third trimester have developed complications requiring prolonged hospitalization, respiratory support, and tube feeding. Such complications can arise immediately upon delivery.”
SNRIs and Birth Defects
Using an SNRI antidepressant may increase your risk of having a baby with the following types of birth defects:
- Heart defects
- Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
- Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Abdominal defects
- Gastroschisis, omphalocele
- Cranial defects (craniosynostosis)
- Cleft lip, cleft palate
- Spinal defects
- Intellectual disabilities
- Premature birth
- Low birth weight
- And more
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