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    Other antidepressant use in those over 65 associated with 1.7 times greater risk of dying


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    Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:50 am Email this article

    People over the age of 65 taking mirtazapine (Remeron) or venlafaxine (Effexor), referred to as “other antidepressants”, were 1.7 times more likely to die during the study period compared to when antidepressants were not being used according to a 2011 study from the U.K.

    Subjects

    Subjects: 60,746 patients, 65- to 100-years-old

    The study included 60,746 patients from 570 general practices in the United Kingdom diagnosed as having a new episode of depression between the ages of 65 and 100 years from 1 January 1996 to 31 December 2007 and followed up until 31 December 2008.

    Reference

    Coupland C, Dhiman P, Morriss R, Arthur A, Barton G, and Hippisley-Cox J. Antidepressant use and risk of adverse outcomes in older people: population based cohort study. BMJ, 2011 Aug 02; 343: d4551.

    Author’s Contact Info

    Carol Coupland
    Division of Primary Care
    School of Medicine
    University of Nottingham
    University Park
    Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
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