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"Antidepressants In Pregnancy Has No Impact On Kids’ IQ" - Batya Swift Yasgur

  • Medscape
  • (July 17, 2017)

There is no significant association between intellectual disability in children and maternal use of antidepressants during pregnancy, new research shows. A team of researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that intellectual disability was diagnosed in 37 children who had been exposed to antidepressants vs 819 who had not been exposed. Although there was a higher estimate of relative risk (RR) for intellectual disability, once confounding factors such as parental age and psychiatric history were accounted for, the risk was no longer deemed statistically significant. "The take-home message to clinicians from our study is that although there is an association between antidepressant use in pregnancy — especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors —and intellectual disability in offspring, it is probably not due to the medication," said Abraham Reichenberg, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

- Abraham Reichenberg, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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