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Comment & Response
May 2017

Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Use During Pregnancy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California–Los Angeles
JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(5):538-539. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.4068

To the Editor As reproductive psychiatrists, we face the challenging task of translating articles such as the one by Brown et al1 to our patients. The media have not made our task easy, with sensational headlines such as, “Maternal SSRI Use Linked to Speech, Language Disorders”2 and “Study Links Antidepressants in Pregnancy With Language Disorders.”3 Despite inherent study design difficulties4 and small absolute differences, the authors claimed that “we have provided novel evidence of an association between speech/language disorders in offspring and [serotonin reuptake inhibitor] use during pregnancy.”1

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