Antidepressant & Autism
A recently published study by entitled “Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy and Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)” by Lisa A. Croen in the Archives of General Psychiatry. The researchers studied children with ASD (and their mothers) and children without.
It found a 2-fold increased risk of ASD associated with mothers who were treated with SSRIs (like Zoloft® & Paxil®) during the year before delivery. Basically expectant mothers treated with medicines like Zoloft® & Paxil® were twice as likely to give birth to a child with ASD. The study further concluded that mothers taking medicines such as Zoloft® & Paxil® in the first trimester were almost four (4) times as likely to have a child afflicted with childhood ASD.
It has been suggested that SNRIs (like Effexor®), that act on the female body in a manner similar to SSRIs, may cause similar results in fetuses.