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Understanding the Link between SSRIs and Autism

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a powerful class of drugs commonly used to treat depression, can have profound, unintended consequences on a child who experiences in utero exposure. According to a recent study, for instance, women who took SSRIs like Prozac, Paxil, or Zoloft were twice as likely to have children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and four times as likely to have autism if their mother ingested autism during the first trimester.


“What did you know?” and “When did you know it?” These are two particularly important questions in this area of the law. For many women, the act of taking an antidepressant wasn’t necessarily the result of a legal wrong. Taking an antidepressant without being told of its potential side effects, on the other hand, is something altogether different. You deserve full disclosure from the maker of a powerful drug like Zoloft; if you received less than a complete understanding of the risks, you may have experienced a legal harm that entitles you to compensation.


Want to find out more about your rights under the law? The attorneys at the Dallas firm of Fears Nachawati are prepared to answer your questions and advise you of your rights and responsibilities under the law. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email We’re ready to help you.

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Understanding the Link between SSRIs and Autism