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is citalopram during pregnancy linked to autism in children?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
?: There seems to be major lawsuits against the maker of Celexa on-going (stating that citalopram use is associated with autism). Frankly, I am not sure how strong the causal link is (if any). I will be interested to see the studies behind this.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
One small study in: California showed a modest increase in autism in children of women who took ssri's (celexa, prozac, zoloft, (sertraline) etc.), but couldn't confirm if the increase was related to maternal depression/anxiety or to the ssri's. The deleterious effects of maternal depression & anxiety during pregnancy & early infancy on a child's development are well known. Benefits & risks must be considered for each patient.
Answered on Apr 3, 2013
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Provided original answer
Yes,sir, & a mom's being emotionally unavailable has been proven to delay an infant's or child's cognitive & social development.
Apr 3, 2013
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok commented
33 years experience Pediatrics
In other words, if parents with depression or anxiety are behaving abnormally around their child, or toward their child, then the child can develop psychological symptoms by being in such an environment. Life is about balancing the risks of treatment vs. the risks of not treating.
Apr 3, 2013

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Autism: Citalopram (celexa) has not been implicated as a cause of autism.
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Dr. Robert Killian
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Citalopram is safe: Yes. Citalopram is used safely in pregnancy. There is nothing to be concerned about.
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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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No!: Ultrasound has absolutely no relationship whatsoever with the development of autism.
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