The Link between Mothers Taking Antidepressants and Children with Autism
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Over the past few years, a number of studies have been issued warning mothers-to-be about the dangers of taking certain prescription medications while pregnant. Of those drugs, antidepressants seem to have the most chance of causing a baby harm. Certain studies have shown that mothers who take antidepressants while pregnant are at an increased risk of giving birth to a child with autism.
At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we believe that all mothers deserve to hear all the facts about potential dangers. If you or your spouse took antidepressants during a pregnancy and have a child who has been diagnosed with a spectrum disorder, we want to hear from you. Drug manufacturers have a duty to warn patients about the potential risks, and failing to do so may be construed as an act of negligence or fraud. Our firm helps victims throughout Washington, D.C. and West Virginia obtain the help and the compensation they need when a negligent doctor or drug manufacturer’s actions have led to permanent and life-long repercussions on your family and your child’s health.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and autism
People who suffer with depression are often prescribed SSRIs to help. The Mayo Clinic explains that “SSRIs block the reabsorption (reuptake) of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Changing the balance of serotonin seems to help brain cells send and receive chemical messages, which in turn boosts mood.” If a pregnant mother takes an SSRI, the drug could cross through the placenta and into the fetus during its development. As Dr. Adam Urato from the Tufts Medical Center explains to the New York Times, “From the brain,