SSRI Use Before Stroke May Worsen The Event For Some Patients

MedPage Today (6/6, Neale) reports that research published online in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that “the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) before a stroke may worsen the event for some patients.” Researchers found that “among patients with hemorrhagic strokes, use of an SSRI in the 90 days before symptom onset was associated with a greater likelihood of the stroke being severe (OR 1.41, 95% CI 1.08-1.84) and of dying within 30 days (OR 1.60, 95% CI 1.17-2.18).” But, in “those with ischemic strokes…SSRI use was not associated with either outcome.”

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— “Stroke Rounds: SSRIs May Worsen Hemorrhagic Strokes,” Todd Neale, MedPage Today, June 5, 2014.

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