Prozac, a common antidepressant, is rated by the FDA as a pregnancy Category C drug. This means that the drug showed potential health risks to the fetus in animal studies. Depression during pregnancy can also pose risks to both the fetus and the depressed patient. Patients who become pregnant while taking Prozac are advised to consult their doctor to discuss the benefits and risks before discontinuing their medication.
- A recent study links Prozac to heart defects when taken in early pregnancy.
- Smoking while pregnant and taking Prozac is shown to increase the risk of heart defects.
- According to a study in 2004, Prozac taken during pregnancy can affect fetal development