December 3, 2010
Antidepressants Associated with Heart Disease
(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Commonly used antidepressants could put patients at a higher risk for heart disease.
The University College of London conducted a study which included 15,000 Scottish participants. The researchers compared tricyclic antidepressants to newer types such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, of which there were about 12 million and 21 million prescriptions given last year alone. The findings suggest an association between the use of tricyclic antidepressants and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
This suggests that there may be characteristics of tricyclics that raise the risk of heart disease. Patients on these antidepressants shouldn't cease taking them completely, but consult their doctor.
In addition, physical exercise and spending time with close friends and family can reduce the symptoms of depression.
SOURCE: The University College of London, December 2010