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September 2009

Prenatal Valproate Lowers IQ
Valproate may adversely affect fetal cognitive development throughout pregnancy.

Stimulant Augmentation for Treatment-Resistant OCD?
In one study, amphetamine was not superior to caffeine as an augmentation strategy for patients with obsessive compulsive disorder.

Antipsychotics in Alzheimer's Patients: New Evidence on Metabolic Effects
Second-generation antipsychotic drugs increase the risk of weight gain and metabolic effects in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

In Brief
Contraception Use in Female Bipolar Patients Suboptimal; CBT Available over Internet for Insomnia

SSRIs and Gestational Hypertension
Use of a serotonin selective reuptake inhibitor beyond the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of hypertension and preeclampsia.

SSRIs and Gestational Hypertension

September 2009

Data regarding selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) taken during pregnancy are inconsistent but suggest they are not "major teratogens" (BTP 2009;32:12, 2007;30:36–38, 2006;29:25–26, 2005;28:45).1,2 Maternal use of antidepressants has been associated with preterm…

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