Antidepressants or anxiolytics during pregnancy would triple the risk of pre-eclampsia
Stay depressed or triple her risk of pre-eclampsia, which is a complication of pregnancy? This is the difficult choice that could be faced by many future mothers, according to a study by Laval University that found that taking medication against depression or anxiety triples the risk of pre-eclampsia.
“Even adjusting for other factors, the risk of [pre-eclampsia] remained three times higher in pregnant women using antidepressants and / or anxiolytics,” concludes the study just published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth . Pre-eclampsia is a form of hypertension that occurs in pregnancy in about 5% of women, and can lead to various complications for both mother and child.
Led by Yves Giguère and Jean-Claude Forest, of the CHU de Québec, the study involved more than 6700 women, 218 of whom were taking medication for depression or anxiety before their 16th week of pregnancy. Among those who stopped taking the drug after this stage, the risk of pre-eclampsia was 1.6 times higher than among those who did not take medication – and the risk increased to 3-fold for those who continued medication after the 16th week.
Note that depression and anxiety are among the most common complications of pregnancy.