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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors – SSRI’s – are commonly prescribed for depression. Popular SSRI’s include Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.

But there are questions about the scientific rationale for their use.

And other, safer treatments may be equally or more effective – including simply going out for a relaxing bike ride.

Now there are further questions being raised about the wisdom of this common prescribing habit.  A new study points to a potentially serious side-effect of SSRI’s – an uptick of gastrointestinal ulcers.

An article published in Psychiatry Online showed that patients taking SSRI’s for depression had a 50% to 75% elevated risk for GI bleeding – even if they took the drugs for as little as 7 days.

Bleeding from the upper GI tract can be a serious matter, leading to anemia and in extreme cases hospitalization or even death.

You need to take depression seriously – it’s a significant medical condition that has impact on your health across the board.  But you also need to make a serious commitment to building your health resiliency the scientific way – with potent, time-tested methods such as improved diet, strengthened social connections, joyful exercise, and chiropractic manual therapy.

 

 

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