A Warning Against Combining Pregnancy And Paxil

Washington (AP) -- Women who are pregnant, or plan to be, should avoid taking Paxil, if possible. An obstetricians group is out with that warning, saying there's a risk of birth defects.

Nearly a year ago, the FDA and GlaxoSmithKline reclassified the drug to reflect studies in pregnant women that showed the drug poses a risk to the fetus.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also says the decision whether to treat pregnant women with the class of antidepressants that includes Prozac, Zoloft and Lexapro, as well as Paxil, should be considered on an individual basis.

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