Researchers at the McMaster University examined previous patient studies that documented the effects of antidepressants and concluded the risks of taking most antidepressants greatly outweigh their benefits.
The authors of the study reviewed three recent studies that showed elderly people who took anti-depressants had a higher risk of dying than those who did not take the drugs. They determined that the higher instances of death show the effect of antidepressants are more harmful than helpful.
Antidepressants work by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain, where mood is regulated, but most of the serotonin that the body produces is used for other functions such as reproduction and digestion. The researchers found that antidepressants have negative health effects on all processes that are normally regulated by serotonin, according to Science Daily.
Some of the increased risks of adverse side effects included:
- Issues with sexual stimulation and function
- Developmental problems in babies
- Abnormal bleeding
- Problems with digestion such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and indigestion
- Stroke in elderly patients
Results of the study will be published in the online journal Frontiers in Psychology.
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