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What do you think about antidepressants in pregnancy linked to autism?


This week in the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article linking women who take antidepressants during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters have an increased risk of giving birth to a child who will be diagnosed with autism. The study concludes that "use of [antidepressants] during the second and/or third trimester is associated with an 87% increased risk of autism spectrum disorder."

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Shauna L Bowling (bravewarrior) says

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Jacqui (jlpark) says

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    CarlySullens 13 months ago

    I agree Jacqui. Depression and anxiety isn't something a woman can just switch off. Also the SSRIs, the type of antidepressants they studied are not the kind you can abruptly stop. These include; Celexa, Zoloft, Prozac, and Paxil to name a few.

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Chantelle Porter says

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    CarlySullens 13 months ago

    It is interesting how these findings are limited do not generalize to the whole population. Every time they seem to get closer to understanding a correlation, it seems there is still a huge mystery that cannot be explained.

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RTalloni says

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    CarlySullens 13 months ago

    It's a difficult choice to either take the medication prescribed and necessary for some mother's or to stop and risk the debilitating depression and anxiety. Neither one is good for the mother and child.

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Kris (SpiritusShepherd) says

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    Shauna L Bowling (bravewarrior) 13 months ago

    What are the "other things" in category A? No drugs are safe for fetuses. It's been proven that a mother's use of drugs - whether legal or not - affect the growing fetus. EVERYTHING you pump into your body gets absorbed by your growing baby.


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