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Abnormal Bleeding a Risk With Antidepressants

If you use the search bar in the top right-hand corner of any page on this site, you'll find your search for most health-related issues will speed up exponentially. A cursory search using the word "antidepressant" with a 2004 dateline lists more than 300 stories, including a ton about the risks of antidepressants. Just a few notable concerns:

Now comes word of just another risk Dutch scientists found in their study of new users of some antidepressants: A relatively higher risk of abnormal bleeding. Although scientists caution the absolute risk is small, they plan to continue studying the link, because they suspect bleeding may be a serious side effect of some antidepressants, and it will mostly affect patients who are already at higher risk for bleeding.

Dutch scientists studied nearly 65,000 patients who had received a first prescription for antidepressants from 1992-2000, following them for an average of 229 days. Almost 200 were admitted to the hospital with a primary diagnosis of bleeding in the uterus, upper gastrointestinal tract, brain, or other sites.

Among the patients admitted to the hospital with abnormal bleeding, the risk of hospitalization increased with the use of the strongest antidepressants, meaning those that produce the most inhibition of serotonin reuptake. The risk of being hospitalized for bleeding was twice as high in drugs that produce intermediate inhibition, and about 2.6 times as likely for the drugs that produce high degrees of inhibition.

Those SSRIs rated as having a high effect on internal bleeding:

  • Paxil
  • Anafranil
  • Zoloft
  • Prozac

Folks, you really don't need an antidepressant when there are a number of much healthier, natural alternatives, like the Emotional Freedom Technique, a energy psychology tool, or prayer.

HealthCentral.com November 22, 2004

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