Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy: Autism Risk?

doctor looking at chartChildren born to women who take SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy may have a slight increase in risk for developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a new study suggests.

Researchers compared the use of antidepressants among mothers of children with and without ASD. They found that those who had taken selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were more than twice as likely to have a child with an ASD diagnosis.

Autism spectrum disorder was uncommon in both groups, and the finding does not prove that SSRI use directly contributed to the children’s ASD.

This is the first study that has shown a possible association between SSRI use and autism and the findings should be considered preliminary.

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