Autism & Antidepressants

Autism and Antidepressants During Pregnancy 2016-10-17T11:37:09+00:00

Autism and Antidepressants During Pregnancy

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Alarming Data Suggests Link Between Autism and Antidepressants

Mothers who take certain antidepressant medication during their pregnancies may be at risk of having a child born with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), new research suggests. Data gathered at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Northern California, has linked prenatal use of certain antidepressants and autism. The data showed that if antidepressants like Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac and Zoloft are used by expectant mothers, there is up to a threefold increased risk of having a child with autism.

Autism spectrum disorders include autistic disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Rett’s Syndrome.

Researchers found that women who used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants during the first trimester of their pregnancy were found to have about a threefold increased risk of giving birth to a child with ASD. Children born to mothers who took the antidepressants during the second and third trimesters were found to have a twofold increased risk of autism.

Our legal team is currently investigating if SNRI (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants, like Effexor, pose the same autism risk as SSRI antidepressants.

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