Medical researchers have already established a connection between the use of Prozac by pregnant women and the incidence of heart problems in their infants. Now come reports on CNN and other media outlet of new dangers associated with the use of Prozac and similar anti-depressant drugs during pregnancies. According to a recent report these drugs put mothers at twice the risk of giving birth to children diagnosed with autism than mothers who do not use the drugs during their pregnancies.
According to the article:
This class of antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be especially risky early on in a pregnancy, the study suggests. Children who were exposed to the drugs during the first trimester were nearly four times as likely to develop an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other Prozac birth defects compared with unexposed children, according to the study, which appears in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
The article quoted respected researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada; Kaiser Permanente in Northern California; and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. The article said the researchers found that “slightly more than two percent of all autism cases among children born in the late 1990s could be attributed to SSRI exposure” and “that percentage might be higher today because SSRI use during pregnancy has become more common.”
Prozac also has been the target of numerous Prozac lawsuits filed by families who have children that suffered severe heart problems at birth that they allege were caused by mothers using the drug during their pregnancies. They claim the drug’s manufacturer never made them or health care professionals aware of these dangerous side effects.