More Bad News About Anti-Depressants

Selec­tive sero­tonin reup­take inhibitors – SSRI’s – are com­mon­ly pre­scribed for depres­sion. Pop­u­lar SSRI’s include Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Pax­il and Zoloft.

But there are ques­tions about the sci­en­tif­ic ratio­nale for their use.

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And oth­er, safer treat­ments may be equal­ly or more effec­tive – includ­ing sim­ply going out for a relax­ing bike ride.

Now there are fur­ther ques­tions being raised about the wis­dom of this com­mon pre­scrib­ing habit.  A new study points to a poten­tial­ly seri­ous side-effect of SSRI’s – an uptick of gas­troin­testi­nal ulcers.

An arti­cle pub­lished in Psy­chi­a­try Online showed that patients tak­ing SSRI’s for depres­sion had a 50% to 75% ele­vat­ed risk for GI bleed­ing – even if they took the drugs for as lit­tle as 7 days.

Bleed­ing from the upper GI tract can be a seri­ous mat­ter, lead­ing to ane­mia and in extreme cas­es hos­pi­tal­iza­tion or even death.

You need to take depres­sion seri­ous­ly – it’s a sig­nif­i­cant med­ical con­di­tion that has impact on your health across the board.  But you also need to make a seri­ous com­mit­ment to build­ing your health resilien­cy the sci­en­tif­ic way — with potent, time-test­ed meth­ods such as improved diet, strength­ened social con­nec­tions, joy­ful exer­cise, and chi­ro­prac­tic man­u­al ther­a­py.




About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

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