Is it Safe to Take Lexapro During Pregnancy?
By Nabta Team
Some doctors claim that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors may be okay for use during pregnancy, but the information on this is conflicting.
For example, Lexapro is an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication ranked as “Category C” on the list of medications that interfere with pregnancy. The category C is meant to denote something that should only be prescribed to pregnant women if doctors deem that the benefits of the medication for the mother outweigh the potential risks to the unborn fetus.
However, further studies have shown that Lexapro has much more devastating effects on the fetus, such as heart defects, Spina Bifida, and Club Foot. The risk of miscarriage is also higher in those taking Lexapro while pregnant. Given that doctors did not effectively communicate the risks of Lexapro, lawsuits have developed left and right over distressed women who gave birth to malformed babies.