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September 2007

Antidepressants Can Help Prevent Depression after Stroke
Antidepressant drugs may provide relief for many patients suffering from depression following stroke.

Prazosin for PTSD Nightmares
Adjunctive treatment with the α1-blocker prazosin (Minipress and others) reduces trauma nightmares and sleep disturbance in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder.

Treating Bipolar Depression
Antidepressants add little benefit in treating bipolar depression, but the risk of inducing mania appears small.

Are SSRIs Teratogens?
There is a small risk of congenital malformations with fetal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, particularly paroxetine (Paxil and others), during the first trimester.

In Brief
Benefits of Antidepressants versus Suicide Risk; Rivastigmine Does Not Slow Progression to Alzheimer's Disease

Are SSRIs Teratogens?

September 2007

About 2 years ago, emerging data suggested that fetuses exposed to paroxetine (Paxil and others) had an increased risk of developing major congenital malformations—primarily cardiovascular (BTP 2005;28:45). The most common anomaly was ventricular septal defect. It appeared that the risk of…

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