London: Use of psychotropic drugs during pregnancy can increase the probability of birth defects, new research says.Psychotropic medications are capable of affecting the mind, emotions and behaviour of an individual.Researchers at the University of Copenhagen (UC) have documented the serious side-effects that can be associated with these types of medications.
"A range of serious side effects such as birth deformities, low birth weight, premature birth, and development of neonatal withdrawal syndrome were reported in children under two years of age, most likely because of the mother`s intake of psychotropic medication during pregnancy," says Aagaard.The researchers believe that these tendencies should serve as a warning to doctors and healthcare personnel, said an UC release."Psychotropic medication should not be prescribed in ordinary circumstances, because this type of medication has a long half-life," says Aagaard.These findings have been published in the open access BMC Research Notes. IANS
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