Zoloft is one of the most popular antidepressant drugs and it is often prescribed for the treatment of depressive state. However, mixing Zoloft and pregnancy can lead to the risks for some birth defects.
Zoloft is a type of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Its action is aimed to prevent the body from reabsorbing serotonin, increase the levels of neurotransmitter and improve the patient’s mood. .
Possible side effects: agitation or restlessness, nausea, decreased libido, headache, drowsiness, gastrointestinal problems, weight change.
A serious side effect is birth defects in babies born to women, taking the drug being pregnant.
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer, the producer of this category of drugs, made a report about possible birth defects and risks for a child, caused by taking Zoloft by pregnant women. It was found, that taking the drug during pregnancy may cause heart defects among the born children. Another side effect is omphaloceles (the baby’s intestines or organs may be formed outside the belly).
Some side effects disrupt the ability of oxygenated blood circulation in the organism. That affects the baby’s lungs and heart and may damage the blood vessels. That also may disturb the process of the child’s growth and the development. The septal defects can be arranged with the help of the heart surgery, which may be realized when the child is at a very young age.
If you’re taking Zoloft or other antidepressant during pregnancy trimesters, it is important to consult your doctor to be sure that the drug is safe. You shouldn’t stop taking any drug without doctor’s recommendation. Depression is a hard symptom to cope with without taking drugs. So you should consult your therapist to determine what ways of treatment are the best and safe in your case.