Study: Antidepressants Linked to Higher Gestational Diabetes Risk

From CNN: “Taking antidepressants while pregnant may be associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes, a new study suggests.

It turned out that the increased risk appeared to be greatest for the two antidepressant drugs venlafaxine and amitriptyline, according to the study published in the journal BMJ Open on Tuesday. The study suggests a correlation but not causation…

Gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy in women, can increase the risk of certain complications for both the mother and baby, including risks of high blood pressure for the expectant mother, needing a cesarean section delivery, having low blood sugar for the baby and developing type 2 diabetes later in life for the baby.

The study involved data on 237,172 pregnancies in Canada. The data, from 1998 to 2015, came from the research tool Quebec Pregnancy Cohort….

While the risk was greatest for those two antidepressants, the researchers also found that gestational diabetes risk increased with the longer any antidepressant was taken.”

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