Wednesday, June 02, 2010

SSRIs and cataracts

Certain types of antidepressants called SSRIs (serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors) can increase people's risk of cataracts. Researchers from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute in Canada compared 19,000 people over the age of 65 who were taking antidepressants with 190,000 people in the same age group not taking them. Three SSRIs - fluvoxamine, venlafaxine and paroxetine - were all found to increase cataract risk by 39%, 33% and 23% respectively. However, the increase in risk was associated with current rather than prior use of SSRIs.

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