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Antidepressant risks during pregnancy lead to tough treatment decisions

Women taking antidepressants to manage chronic depression face a difficult decision when they become pregnant: Should they stay on the medications to keep from relapsing into depression, or should they stop taking the drugs to avoid potential harm to the developing fetus?

Local researchers contend the evidence suggests that women with past episodes of mild to moderate depression skip the most popularly prescribed antidepressants -- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which include Prozac, Paxil, and Celexa.

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