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Antidepressant use among pregnant women in Denmark has significantly decreased by over 33% since 2011, according to a recent study.
The study found a decline in the prescription of antidepressants, particularly serotonin reuptake inhibitors like citalopram.
The researchers ruled out factors like age and psychiatric disorders as explanations for the decline. One possible reason could be a safety warning issued in 2011 by the US Food and Drug Administration regarding high doses of citalopram and its potential effects on the heart.
Depression during pregnancy can have negative consequences for both the mother and the child.
Although antidepressant use during pregnancy is generally considered safe, questions have been raised about the potential risks of congenital malformations and psychiatric symptoms in children.
It’s important to balance the risks of depression in the mother and the potential risks associated with medication use during pregnancy.
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