A new study published by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has found that women taking antidepressants while pregnant are more likely to develop high blood pressure than non-users. Pregnant women who used Paxil were 81% more likely to develop high blood pressure, while users of Zoloft and other antidepressants were 51% more likely to develop the condition.
Antidepressants are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs to pregnant women. About 14% of women with depression take some form of antidepressants during pregnancy. The new study is one of the first to examine the effect that these drugs could have on a woman’s health.
Other studies have uncovered a link between the use of antidepressants by pregnant women and the risk of birth defects. Researchers have found that women taking antidepressants such as Paxil and Zoloft during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with congenital heart defects and other birth defects.