SSRI Exposure During Pregnancy Influences Offspring Anxiety

Impact of Depression Treatment During Pregnancy Unclear
Impact of Depression Treatment During Pregnancy Unclear
Mice born to mothers who had taken the antidepressant escitalopram less anxious as adults than those given fluoxetine.

Women who take antidepressant during their pregnancy could affect their offspring as they mature into adults, according to a recent study. About 15% of women in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders and depression during their pregnancies, and many are prescribed antidepressants.

The answer to that question is vital, as 5% of all babies born in the United States — more than 200,000 a year — are exposed to antidepressants during gestation via transmission from their mothers.

For the study, researchers from the University of California Los Angeles Health Sciences looked at early developmental exposure to two different antidepressants, Prozac and Lexapro, in a mouse model that mimics human third trimester medication exposure.

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