Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Antidepressants May Raise Women's Stroke Risk

That, according to a report released this week.You may find the abstract at the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Older women who ingest such antidepressants may have a small but statistically significant increased risk of stroke and death compared to women not on the medications, a new study finds.

"But statistical significance can be different from clinical significance," stressed Dr. Jordan W. Smoller, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and lead author of a report in the Dec. 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. "It is possible that a statistically detectable effect may not be a problem for most people." Source.

The Report's conclusion: "In postmenopausal women, there were no significant differences between SSRI and TCA use in risk of CHD, stroke, or mortality."