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Depression

02 December 2010

Anti-depressants linked to heart disease

People who take a class of older anti-depressant drugs have an increased risk of heart disease, scientists said.

People who take a class of older anti-depressant drugs have an increased risk of heart disease, scientists said, but the risk is not increased with newer selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).

Hamer said that while the older class of drugs had largely been overtaken in the treatment of depression by newer SSRIs such as Eli Lilly's Prozac or GlaxoSmithKline's Paxil, tricyclics are still commonly used to treat conditions such as insomnia, back pain and severe headaches.

 

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