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"No Sign That Antidepressants In Pregnancy Harm Kids’ Brains" - Robert Preidt

  • Health Day
  • New York, NY
  • (July 12, 2017)

For women battling depression, the decision over whether or not to continue their antidepressant during a pregnancy can be a difficult one. A new study finds little risk of intellectual disability in children whose mothers take these pills while pregnant. The data "provides more information for clinicians to evaluate the risks in pregnant women taking antidepressants," said study co-author Abraham Reichenberg, PhD, professor of psychiatry, environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The new findings "should be factored into other considerations, such as the increased risk for the mother if she is not medicated, the drug's side effects, and other medical conditions," added Dr. Reichenberg. This study is a valuable look at issues related to safety for pregnant women. A better understanding of risks and benefits helps physicians guide patients in their treatment and decisions.

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

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