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Zoloft and Autism

A recent study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry has found that women who use antidepressants such as Zoloft during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child that develops autism spectrum disorder. Researchers found that women who used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)—a type of antidepressants that includes Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac—were twice as likely to have a child who exhibits some form of autism.

An examination of patient histories from the Childhood Autism Perinatal Study found a strong association between women who used Zoloft or similar antidepressants during the first trimester of pregnancy and autism spectrum disorder. The study also found that women who used SSRIs in the year before delivery were also more likely to give birth to a baby who developed forms of autism.

Zoloft and other antidepressants have been associated with an increased risk of birth defects when taken during pregnancy, including heart defects such as atrial or septal defects, hypoplastic left heart syndrome and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Although the Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about the link between these antidepressants and birth defects, the agency has not announced plans to recall Zoloft or other SSRI drugs because of their dangers when taken during pregnancy.

If you or a loved one used Zoloft or other antidepressants while pregnant and gave birth to a child with birth defects, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.

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