Hypertension in Pregnancy 50% More Likely With SSRIs

Kermit Cole

Researchers in Montreal found in a sample of 1,216 pregnant women that those who used antidepressants were at least 50% more likely to experience high blood pressure. The study will appear in an upcoming British Journal of Pharmacology, which notes in a press release that antidepressants are one of the most commonly used medications during pregnancy. "Pregnancy induced hypertension is a serious condition that can directly affect the mother and her unborn baby," the release goes on to say.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, is foundling editor of Mad in America. He worked in residential treatment with a focus on trauma & psychosis for many years before attending the first Open Dialogue trainings offered in the US. There he experienced the beauty and power of a network rather than an individual focus, and as a result came to love working with couples. He works at the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, with an interest in couples and families that have "identified patients," but doesn't discriminate against people who are thought of as "normal."

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