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Paxil Among SSRI Antidepressants Linked to Autism

Noble McIntyre on July 7, 2011

According to researchers at Kaiser Permanente, use of antidepressants with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (Paxil, Zoloft, and others) by pregnant women may increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in their children. The study consisted of over 1,800 children and found that women who took an SSRI depressant during pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child born with ASD and women who took an SSRI during the first trimester of pregnancy were three times as likely to have a child born with ASD. These Paxil side effects are occurring more and more often as SSRIs are prescribed more frequently for depression, social anxiety disorder, and other conditions.
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