SSRI Side Effect May Include Surgical Complications
According to a recent report, research suggests that Zoloft®, a commonly prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), may lead to surgical complications. A study conducted by Dr. Andrew Auerbach and his team revealed that patients taking Zoloft® and other SSRIs were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within a month of surgery. The study looked at the records of 534,416 patients who had received major surgery between 2006 and 2008 and discovered that those taking Zoloft® and other SSRIs were at an increased risk of life-threatening complications, such as excessive bleeding. While more research is required, it is thought that Zoloft® and other SSRIs inhibit the body’s ability to clot blood effectively following surgery.
SSRIs, such as Zoloft®, are normally prescribed to treat depression, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders. Other SSRIs include Prozac®, Paxil™, Celexa®, and Lexapro®. In addition to possible surgical complications, SSRIs have been linked to birth defects among infants born to mothers who took SSRIs during the first trimester of pregnancy.
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