Antidepressants Linked to Cataracts

The widely prescribed antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may boost the risk for developing cataracts among seniors.

The increase in risk was calculated to be approximately 15 percent. At that rate, 22,000 Americans would theoretically develop cataracts as a result of their antidepressant use.

According to U.S. News & World Report:

“Strong links to cataract risk were found for three specific SSRI drugs: fluvoxamine (Luvox), venlafaxine (Effexor) and paroxetine (Paxil), the researchers found. Each contributed to an elevated risk of 39 percent, 33 percent and 23 percent, respectively.”

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