Posts Tagged 'SSRIs'

Doctors urge caution in SSRI antidepressant use

Doctors continue to urge caution among pregnant women who use antidepressants in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Doctor Olof Stephansson, a researcher in a recent study to determine infant deaths associated with SSRI antidepressant use, recommended women use the lowest dose possible, if at all.

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Drug maker receives approval for generic Lexapro

Indian drug maker Lupin Pharmaceuticals has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration to sell its generic form of the antidepressant Lexapro in the U.S. The company is among the first to receive approval.

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SSRIs Boost Risk of Falls in Dementia Patients

Nursing home residents with dementia who use selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have an increased risk of having a fall that causes injury compared with those who do not use SSRIs, new research shows. “Even at low doses, SSRIs are associated with increased risk of an injurious fall in nursing home residents with dementia,” the authors write.

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Two Antidepressants Appear No Better Than One

Depressed patients who take two medications fare no better than those who only taken one, according to researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. In the nationwide study, three groups were formed according to treatment type and each was prescribed antidepressants already approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The first group took Lexapro and a placebo; the second group received the same drug along with Wellbutrin; and the third group took two different antidepressants: Effexor and Remeron.

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Study finds medication of little help to patients with mild, moderate depression

Antidepressant medications probably provide little or no benefit to people with mild or moderate depression, a new study has found. Rather, the mere act of seeing a doctor, discussing symptoms and learning about depression probably triggers the improvements many patients experience while on medication. Only people with very severe depression receive additional benefits from drugs, said the senior author of the study.

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Antidepressants May Raise Stroke Risk

Older women who take antidepressants may have a slightly higher risk for stroke and death. In a new finding from the large study known as the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), postmenopausal women who took tricyclic or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants had a small increased risk of dying from all causes, compared to women who did not take antidepressants. SSRI users also had a greater risk for strokes, especially strokes caused by bleeding, but their overall risk was still quite small.

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Mom’s antidepressants tied to child health risks

Babies whose mothers used antidepressants during pregnancy visit the doctor more often and have higher risks of certain health problems than other children their age, a new study suggests.  It found that rates of congenital heart defects and physical therapy — a potential sign of movement-related problems — were elevated among babies whose mothers used antidepressants throughout pregnancy. These children also tended to have more doctor visits and higher rates of certain other health problems, like respiratory and digestive symptoms.

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