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SSRI Antidepressants May Up Stroke Risk After Menopause
Date Published: Thursday, December 17th, 2009
Post-menopausal women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants
have a small, though statistically higher risk of stroke, according to a newly published study.
SSRIs include the drugs Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, and Celexa.
Antidepressant use in the US has more than quintupled since the early 1990s, and SSRIs
have replaced older medications called tricyclic antidepressants, which can be toxic the heart.
According to a press release announcing this latest study, SSRI antidepressants have fewer
side effects in general and are known to have aspirin-like effects on bleeding, which could
protect against clot-related cardiovascular disorders. But not much is known about how SSRIs
affect the heart. This is especially true in the case of postmenopausal women, who are at
increased risk for both heart disease and depression.
The study, which was published in the December 14 Archives of Internal Medicine, involved
136,000 participants in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). None of the women were taking
antidepressants when they enrolled in the WHI.
The women included in the analysis had their first follow-up visit either one or three years
after enrolling in WHI. At that time, 5,500 women reported taking either tricyclic or SSRI
antidepressants. After six years, there was no association between antidepressant use and
heart disease. However, researchers did find that women taking SSRIs had a 45 percent
increase in risk of stroke and a 32 percent increase in risk of dying from any cause during
follow up, compared with nonusers. Use of older tricyclic antidepressants wasn’t linked to
stroke, but it did increase by 67 percent the risk of death during follow-up.
The authors of the study said it wasn’t clear if the increased risk was the result of
antidepressants or depression itself. Depression is a known risk factor for cardiovascular
There are a lot of things this study couldn’t tell us, such as whether this risk truly is attributable
to the drugs and not to depression itself and whether participants were being treated for
depression or for anxiety, which also has cardiovascular risks,” Jordan W. Smoller, MD, ScD,
of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry, the study’s lead
author, said in a press release. “We also don’t know whether there is any similar association
in younger women or in men, since they were not part of this study.”
The authors of the study called for more research into the relationship between
antidepressants and death.
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FDA ALERT [07/2005]: Suicidal Thoughts or Actions in Children and Adults
Patients with depression or other mental illnesses often think about or attempt suicide.
Closely watch anyone taking antidepressants, especially early in treatment or when the dose is changed. Patients who
become irritable or anxious, or have new or increased thoughts of suicide or other changes in mood or behavior (or their
care givers) should contact their healthcare professional right away.
Taking antidepressants may increase suicidal thoughts and actions in about 1 out of 50 people 18 years or younger. FDA has
approved Zoloft for use in children only if they have obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Several recent scientific publications report the possibility of an increased risk for suicidal behavior in adults who are being
treated with antidepressant medications. Even before these reports became available, FDA began a complete review of all
available data to determine whether there is an increased risk of suicidal thinking or behavior in adults being treated with
antidepressant medications. It is expected that this review will take a year or longer to complete. In the meantime, FDA is
highlighting that adults being treated with antidepressant medication, particularly those being treated for depression, should
be watched closely for worsening of depression and for increased suicidal thinking or behavior.
This information reflects FDA’s preliminary analysis of data concerning this drug. FDA is considering, but has not reached a
final conclusion about, this information. FDA intends to update this sheet when additional information or analyses become