Antidepressants taken in pregnancy don't cause autism

December 18, 2013 10:01 PM

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Antidepressants taken in pregnancy don't cause autism

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who take a common type of antidepressant during pregnancy are not more likely to have a child with autism, according to a new study from Denmark.

But children did have a higher than usual risk when their mothers took the drugs - known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) - for depression or anxiety before becoming pregnant.

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