Monthly Archives: January 2012

Depression in Women: Is There a Role for Vitamin D?

Sources of vitamin D include sunlight (ultraviolet B, or UVB, rays), dietary intake, and supplements.  Sunlight is the main source of human vitamin D.  Vitamin D refers to different forms of a steroid hormone.   Vitamin D3 (also called 1, 25-dihydroxycholecalciferol or calcitriol) is produced by the body when ultraviolet light (in the form of UV B) interacts with 7-dehydrocholesterol .  Vitamin D3 is thought to be more potent than vitamin D2, with D3 and D2 being the two forms of vitamin D contained in supplements.

SSRIs and PPHN: The FDA Revises Its Warning

In 2006, Chambers and colleagues published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine linking SSRI use during late pregnancy to an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newborn (PPHN).   Based on these findings, the “Usage in Pregnancy” section on the labels for SRRI antidepressants was updated to include the following warning: “Infants exposed to SSRIs in late pregnancy may have an increased risk for persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).”