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New study links SSRI antidepressants to autism spectrum disorder

May 2nd, 2013

A new study has linked antidepressants in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder in children born to women who use the drug during pregnancy. The study took place in Sweden and is the second study in two years to link SSRIs with autism.

Some of the most-prescribed drugs in the world are SSRI antidepressants, including Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro. The drugs have come under scrutiny for the increased risks of antidepressant side effects linked to them.

Thousands of Zoloft lawsuits have been filed alleging that the drug’s manufacturer failed to warn patients about the risks of birth defects associated with the drug. Zoloft birth defects include persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), heart defects, brain defects and omphalocele.

 

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