A Canadian study has found that pregnant women who use antidepressants in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Zoloft could be at a risk for increased blood pressure. The study was published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
The study involved 12,000 women, and found that women using SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy increase the risk of high blood pressure by 60%. The condition, known as preeclampsia, could be harmful to both the mother and the unborn infant.
Zoloft and other SSRIs have been found to increase the risks of birth defects among children born to women using the drugs while pregnant. Zoloft birth defects include persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), anencephaly, brain defects and heart defects.