ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND DEATH
COMMON ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATIONS INCREASE DEATH RISK AMONG OLDER PEOPLE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Depression is a huge public health problem, and it's growing worldwide. Now a study in older people has shown that some medications used to treat depression actually increase the risk of death from any cause. Michael Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, explains.
KLAG: The key finding of this paper was that they compared newer classes of drugs the SSRIs and other types to tricyclic antidepressants. They compared the risk of all cause mortality, attempted suicide, myocardial infarction, a variety of other things, falling, fractures, to those people who depression who weren't treated. The newer class of drugs, the SSRIs, were associated with a higher risk of all cause mortality than the tricyclic antidepressants when both were compared to people with depression who weren't on medication. :33
Klag says the reason for an increased mortality risk needs to be studied further. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.