A 23-year-old female asked:
is citalopram during pregnancy linked to autism in children?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
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
Dr. Johanna Fricke answered
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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