Pregnant women who take certain types of antidepressants such as
Prozac could be pushing their children towards emotional problems
in later life, according to a study.
A team at Columbia University concluded that exposure to the
group of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors (SSRI) during the third trimester of pregnancy and in
early childhood could lead to “unexpected risks for affective
function later in life”.
The researchers found that the use of fluoxetine – better
known as Prozac – in young mice produced abnormal emotional
behaviour in adult mice. The research is published in Science