Are Fetal Prozac Exposure and Autism Linked?

July 31, 2012

According to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, a woman’s use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during the year preceding the delivery of a baby doubled the probability that the child would be born with autism spectrum disorder. Moreover, researchers noted that autism risk was even higher – a total of four times normal rates – when exposure occurred during the first trimester.


Gradually, doctors and patients are coming to terms with the full range of risks associated with SSRIs, a class of commonly prescribed antidepressants that includes Prozac (fluoxetine). What’s particular unique about these recent findings is that the period of risk extends before conception.


Was your child born with autism spectrum disorder? Did the child’s mother take Prozac prior to his or her birth? If the answers to these questions are yes, you should consider talking to the attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears Nachawati. With years of experience in this area of the law, we know how to articulate your interests and protect your rights. For a free consultation, call 1.866.545.8364 or email

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