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Postmenopausal Women Taking Antidepressants May Be At Risk

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By Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.

Los Angeles Times: Booster Shots’ Health Blog, “Postmenopausal Women Taking Antidepressants May Be at Higher Risk for Stroke, Death,” By Melissa Healy, December 14, 2009

Referenced Research: “Antidepressant Use and Risk of Incident Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality Among Postmenopausal Women in the Women’s Health Initiative Study,” Smoller et al., Archives of Internal Medicine 2009; 169: 2128-213.

“Post-menopausal women taking antidepressants are at higher risk of suffering a stroke or of dying of any cause than are those who do not take such medications,” a study released Monday found.

“The authors of the study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, called the increased risk a woman faces modest. But they noted that since post-menopausal women make up the largest segment of patients in the United States on antidepressants, the resulting increases in strokes and deaths across the country could be significant…”

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