Can I take paroxetine during pregnancy?

The antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva) has been classified in Pregnancy Category D by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which means that if you take this medicine during pregnancy it may harm the fetus. Infants born to mothers who took paroxetine during the first trimester of pregnancy had increased risk of birth defects, particularly heart malformations and pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Infants exposed during the later part of pregnancy can be born prematurely and have difficulties breathing, feeding and controlling body temperature and blood sugar. They can become floppy, jittery and irritable and cry non-stop.

As with all drug use during pregnancy, the benefits should outweigh any risks to both you and your baby. Paroxetine is not recommended during pregnancy. Let your doctor know if you are planning on becoming pregnant or suddenly find yourself pregnant to discuss other options.

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