Does antidepressant use in pregnancy harm child neurodevelopment?

An observational study raises concerns, but is not conclusive, Australian psychiatrists say

Exposure to antidepressants in utero may affect child neurodevelopment, a study suggests.

young schoolchildren

Canadian researchers carried out a retrospective study of 528 children with and 2522 without in utero exposure to SSRI or SNRI antidepressants.

All had mothers diagnosed with a mood or anxiety disorder within three months of conception.

Exposed mothers had two or more SSRI or SNRI prescriptions dispensed during pregnancy while unexposed mothers did not.

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