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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.

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.

 

 

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