Did you know that Pristiq® – an antidepressant manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer – has been linked to a large number of birth defects in children born to mothers who took the medication while pregnant?
According to eMedTV, there have been reports of unborn fetuses developing complications when their mothers use SSRIs or SNRIs during the third trimester. Infants who are exposed to SNRIs or SSRIs late in the pregnancy often require hospitalization, respiratory support and/or tube feeding, and are at an increased risk for developing persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).
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What is Pristiq prescribed for?
Pristiq (desvenlafaxine succinate) is a medication commonly used in the treatment of major depression. The drug is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), which means it works by affecting these chemicals in the brain.
Side Effects of Pristiq
When taken during pregnancy, Pristiq has been linked to a variety of extremely severe heart and lung birth defects including:
- Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) – also known as ‘hole in the heart’ defects
- Ventral Septal Defects (VSD) – hole in the heart wall
- Valve Problems – malformed or stuck and won’t close
- Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
- Mitral Valve
- Transposition of the Great Arteries / Vessels
- Tetralogy of the Fallot
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Aortic Stenosis
- Pulmonary Atresia
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
- Heart Murmur
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Craniosynostosis – cranial skull defect
- Omphalocele – abdominal wall defect
- Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
- Esophageal Stenosis
- Club Foot
- Anal Atresia
- Spina Bifida
Pristiq & PPHN
One of the most serious birth defects associated with Pristiq is Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN). A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who took antidepressants similar to Pristiq in the second half of pregnancy were six times more likely to give birth to babies who developed PPHN than women who didn’t take such medications.
Pristiq Clinical Trials
In clinical studies on Pristiq and pregnancy, the medication increased the risk of low fetal weight when it was given to pregnant animals. More importantly, babies exposed to drugs similar to Pristiq during the third trimester of pregnancy experienced tremors, difficulty breathing, and seizures.
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