Up to a third of all birth defects may be linked to prescription drugs, according to a review of the evidence published in The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Antidepressant use in late pregnancy is associated with neonatal complications such as premature birth, feeding problems, respiratory distress syndrome, endocrine and metabolic disorders and temperature regulation disorders. The review concludes that the evidence base for using prescription drugs in pregnancy is limited.
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