Antidepressants and Pregnancy

News & Events on January 30, 2016

Antidepressants and Pregnancy

Study of the affects of antedepressants during pregnancy published in JAMA Pediatrics.
The study reveals taking ante depressants during pregnancy , increase the risk of autism spectrum disodre in children.

The researchers studied1,45,456 children from conception up to the age of 10. Boys outnumbered girls by a ratio 4:1. Children of women who took antidepressants during second or 3rd trimester of pregnancy were 87 % more likely to be diagnosed with autism by age 7 compared to women who did not take such drugs. Taking SSRIs(Serotonin reuptake inhibitors), the most widely prescribed antidepressants doubled a child’s risk of autism.

Experts however warn that pregnant women should not stop taking prescribed antedepressants without consulting their doctor. But pregnant women who suffer frommild to moderate symptoms may be able to manage with exercise or psychotherapy.

[Homeoapthy has to offer many affective drugs in this field- Dr Jayakumar M Pannakkal]

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