Following on from last weekâ€™s report that antidepressant drugs were not effective against depression, a new study has also found they increase the risk of stroke and premature death.
Around 2 per cent of people who take SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants die each year or suffer a stroke as a direct result of the drug, the study has discovered.
Researchers analysed data on around 5,500 older women who were taking an antidepressant, and compared them with a similar group who were not taking the drug.
The increased risk was 'statistically significant', say researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital.
(Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, 2009; 169: 2128-39).