Antipsychotic Drugs May Pose Risks to Newborns

The Federal Drug Administration has ordered that cautions be added to the labels of all antipsychotic drug as they pertain to the possibility of some birth defects when used by pregnant patients.

The antipsychotic drugs, including Haldol, Moban, Navane, Fanapt FazaClo,Clozari, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Abilify, Thorazine and Symbyax, among others can provoke , hypertonia, hypotonia, tremor, somnolence, respiratory distress in some fetuses. Symptoms were reported from birth to one month later, and some infants recovered quickly while others needed intensive care and prolonged hospitalization. The FDA has reportedly updated the entire class of antipsychotic drugs to include consistent information about the potential risks for pregnancies, reports say.

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