Lexapro Information on Birth Defects
Scientific studies have shown that taking SSRI antidepressants similar to Lexapro and Celexa during pregnancy can pose serious risks to unborn babies. The FDA has warned about the use of SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy numerous times in the past decade. Still, these potentially dangerous drugs are widely prescribed to pregnant women in the United States.
Initially, the FDA categorized Lexapro, along with other SSRI antidepressants, as pregnancy “category C” medications, which means that animal reproduction studies have indicated elevated risk of adverse events on the animal fetus. In 2005, the FDA released a Public Health Advisory alerting the public of a possible link between the use of certain SSRI antidepressants (similar to Lexapro) during pregnancy and an increased risk of serious heart defects in newborns.