Study links prenatal smoking exposure to psychiatric meds in children

08/28/2011 | Reuters

Eight percent of children and adolescents whose mothers didn't smoke while pregnant had been prescribed antipsychotics, antidepressants or other psychiatric medications, compared with 11% of those whose mothers smoked fewer than 10 times daily during pregnancy and 14% of those whose mothers smoked more than 10 cigarettes a day, a Finnish study showed. Researchers noted in the American Journal of Epidemiology that prenatal exposure to smoking was most strongly associated with drugs for addiction and stimulant drugs used to treat attention problems and hyperactivity.

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