Antidepressants Can Cause Brain Bleeds

Based on a recent report published by Reuters, certain antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) could cause brain bleeds. The drugs have been previously linked to stomach bleeding, but a recent study claims consumers could also experience haemorrhagic strokes.

Researchers have identified a series of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which could be noxious if frequently consumed. The drugs that seem to be the most dangerous are fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), citalopram (Celexa) and paroxetine (Paxil). According to scientists’ opinion, these pills could lead to brain bleeds in addition to other stomach problems they may cause.

The findings have been long tested by researchers during 16 past studies involving more than 500,000 respondents divided into two groups: those who received SSRIs and those who didn’t. The results have constantly shown that people who consumed SSRIs were 40 to 50 percent more likely to develop brain bleeding. Despite this, researchers claim patients have nothing to worry about as there are very few chances of actually suffering haemorrhagic strokes.

Lead researcher Daniel Hackam, an associate professor of medicine at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada told the press that the risks to any one person are very low. Figures indicate there would be just one case of brain haemorrhage for every 10,000 people using SSRIs over one year, the professor explained. He further added that the tests did not prove the bleedings were particularly caused by these antidepressants. There could be other factors involved, as well; in fact, the precarious health condition of people who were administered SSRIs might make them more susceptible to strokes.

The finding which induced researchers into thinking that SSRIs might be noxious was the increased haemorrhage risk noticed during the first months of the treatment. Scientists also noticed that blood cells called platelets cannot clump together and form clots during the administration of SSRIs; thus, favouring strokes. Although SSRIs are usually safe for patients, people who have already suffered strokes should be careful when consuming the drugs.  

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