What are the symptoms of neonatal withdrawal from in utero exposure to SSRIs?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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A further possible risk for infants born to women taking SSRIs is neonatal withdrawal symptoms, which includes high-pitched crying, tremors, and disturbed sleep. In one study, 30% of neonates exposed to SSRIs in utero developed withdrawal symptoms, typically peaking within 2 days of birth but sometimes as long as 4 days after birth. [198] These investigators recommended monitoring exposed neonates for as long as 48 hours after birth.


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