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Antidepressants linked to stroke risk

Published on 18/12/2009
Taking antidepressants to help treat depression could increase a postmenopausal woman's risk of stroke, new findings suggest.

According to a study from the Women's Health Initiative, risk of cardiovascular problems may be associated with the intake of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

Experts recommend talking or cognitive behavioural therapies in tandem with antidepressant medication.

Helen Robinson, information and communications officer at Journeys, said: "Engaging in self-help enables you to develop both your understanding and coping strategies, providing useful tools to help bring about your recovery and possibly prevent future relapses into depression."

The British Medical Journal recently reported that between 1993 and 2005 the number of antidepressants prescribed nearly doubled. The majority of antidepressant prescriptions were given as long-term treatment or as intermittent treatment to patients with multiple episodes of depression.

Statistics from the British Heart Foundation and the Stroke Association, show that stroke is a major cause of mortality in the UK, accounting for around 53,000 deaths every year.
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