update RLG Redoubles Efforts to Inform Public About Dangers of Zoloft, in Light of Link Between SSRI Use During Pregnancy, Risk of Autism in Newborns

According to a July 4, 2011, piece in the New York Times, an article published in the Archives of General Psychiatry reported “an elevated risk of autism in children whose mothers took a popular type of antidepressant during the year before delivery.” These drugs, so-called SSRIs, include Zoloft, Celexa, and Lexapro. According to the Times, “Dr. Joseph Coyle, the editor in chief of the psychiatry journal, called the [study] ‘[a] game changer….’”

Previous studies have linked Zoloft to numerous birth defects in children born to mothers who were taking the drug while pregnant. These include: clubbed foot; cleft lip/palate; delayed development; persistent pulmonary hypertension; gastrochisis; heart defects; skull defects; and brain/spinal cord defects. Moreover, Zoloft can cause premature birth or even miscarriage. And a child exposed to Zoloft in utero can experience withdrawal symptoms after birth.

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