Antidepressants during pregnancy may raise child's autism risk

07/6/2011 | TIME (subscription required)

Pregnant women who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors to treat depression were twice as likely to deliver a child with autism spectrum disorder compared with counterparts who did not take such drugs, according to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry. The odds of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or similar conditions were about four times higher among women who took the antidepressants during the first trimester of pregnancy.

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