Effexor Side Effects and Birth Defects
Effexor is a relatively safe drug that is able to treat depression, major depressive disorder, anxiety and panic attacks. It doesn’t usually cause many life threatening side effects, however it has been linked to birth defects in some pregnant women. Whenever women become pregnant they often have to decide with their doctor which medications they take are safe for the baby. Each medication a woman chooses to take with her doctor’s permission will reach the baby during its development.
The FDA has claimed that Effexor is safe to take while pregnant and many women stay on the prescription drug during their pregnancy. However, recently the prescription drug has been linked to birth defects including atrial or ventricular septal defects, aortic stenosis, craniosynostosis, gastroschisis, club foot, and persistent pulmonary hypertension. All of these birth defects can lead to life long issues for the newborn.