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Depression Drugs Increase Risk for Heart Disease! CAUTION!

Updated on December 3, 2010
Older anti-depressant drugs up your chances of heart disease by 35%! Not good!
Older anti-depressant drugs up your chances of heart disease by 35%! Not good!

Old Depression Drugs Up Chance for Heart Disease!

If you take older anti-depressant drugs like Norpramin, you up your chances of developing heart disease by about 35%.

Norpramin includes a group of drugs called tricyclic anti-depressants and they're not just used to treat depression but other maladies like back pain, sleeplessness and headaches.

Now Scottish researchers have found that this particular group of anti-depressants up the risk of heart disease!

* Other tricyclic anti-depressants include: Elavil, Tryptizol, Laroxyl, and Anafranil.

Drugs like Norpramin (called tricyclic anti-depressants) can make you very unhappy if you develop heart disease!
Drugs like Norpramin (called tricyclic anti-depressants) can make you very unhappy if you develop heart disease!

Heart Disease and Anti-Depressants: The Study's Findings...

Researchers used the Scottish Health Survey to determine their findings. In this study, they analyzed information from the population, periodically, and combined data from three years to study adults 35 and over. It then tied the participants to hospital records including admissions and deaths until 2007. (Those who had heart disease were excluded.)

They found that over 1,400+ events related to heart disease occurred and over 25% were fatal. And the researchers discovered that there was a 35% increased risk of heart disease related to tricyclic anti-depressants!

The studies findings were published in the European Heart Journal.

Anti-depressant drugs like Prozac and Paxil do not contribute to heart disease!
Anti-depressant drugs like Prozac and Paxil do not contribute to heart disease!

The Solution to Anti-Depressants and Heart-Disease Risk!

There is a solution to this problem, thank goodness!

Researchers found that the newer anti-depressant drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), do not contribute to heart disease! These include drugs like Prozac or Paxil.

CAUTION: If you are on one of the older anti-depressant drugs, no matter what malady they may address, you need to contact your doctor immediately.

Mark Hamer, University College London, who led the study says, "...patients already taking anti-depressants should not suddenly stop taking their medication, but should consult their doctor." 

Madam Aphrodite couldn't have said it better!

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