A new study may ease the minds of thousands of young women who take antidepressants known as SSRIs.
Concerns have been raised about a possible link between use of these drugs during pregnancy and increased risk of autism spectrum disorders in children. But now a large, new study from Denmark suggests they don't pose a significant risk to children born to mothers who used these medications during pregnancy.
The researchers analyzed data collected from 1996 to 2005, cross-referencing antidepressant use and autism spectrum diagnosis among nearly 627,000 births. Among nearly 3900 cases of ASD, a total of 52 cases were identified in women who took SSRI's during pregnancy. When the researchers compared this to cases among women who were not exposed to SSRIs during pregnancy, they did not find a statistically significant difference. While studies will continue, this study offers reassurance against an SSRI-autism link.
I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the health news for you and your family.