Antidepressants deemed ‘contributor’ in baby deaths

Kathy Tomlinson
CBC News
September 20, 2011

Two B.C. families whose infants died inexplicably are sounding the alarm about mothers taking antidepressants while pregnant.

Both mothers took Effexor, which Health Canada has warned can have adverse effects on babies.

“I took the pills. I didn’t question. I trusted my doctor,” said Christiane Shultz, whose son Matthew died shortly after his birth in Kamloops in 2009.

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An autopsy did not determine a cause of death. However, it listed the antidepressant drug taken by his mother as a contributing factor.

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