Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a widely-used type of antidepressant medication.
In 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert on the SSRI antidepressant Celexa, warning that it can cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity (known as QT intervals) of your heart, which can lead to do abnormal heart rhythm and fatal heart attacks.
Now, a new study, published in the journal BMJ, has added further support to this warning…
The study has confirmed that Lexapro and Elavil, two other commonly-used SSRI antidepressants, may also cause dangerous QT interval changes.
If you're on any of the above-mentioned antidepressants, I urge you to read on now. These drugs can cause anything from dizziness and fainting to heart attack and sudden death!
Link found between certain SSRI antidepressants and QT prolongation
The study analysed data from more than 38,000 adults. Researchers found that patients taking Celexa, Lexapro or Elavil had a significantly longer QT interval. QT prolongation is a serious indicator of abnormal heart rhythms.
They also found that the intervals increased with greater doses of the drugs.
Researchers concluded that one in five patients taking these drugs suffered prolonged QT intervals.
As a result of this, the FDA announced that it discourages any dose of these SSRI antidepressants in people who suffer from heart problems or low potassium or magnesium levels in their blood.
The FDA stresses that QT prolongation can be fatal. If you’re on any kind of SSRI antidepressant, it advises you to seek immediate care if your experience shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting or irregular heartbeat.
But why put yourself at risk when there are natural antidepressants that work just as well.
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Five strategies for overcoming your depression naturally
If you struggle with depression
(or are just feeling down), try the following five strategies to optimise your mental health
without resorting to drugs:
Exercise regularly: Whether you have depression or are just feeling down, exercise is a MUST! Research is overwhelmingly positive in this area, with studies confirming physical exercise is at least as good as antidepressants for people who’re depressed. The primary way in which it assists is by increasing the levels of endorphins (the “feel good” hormones) in your brain.
Eat well: If you’re depressed, don’t overlook your diet. Foods have a huge impact on your mood and ability to cope and be happy. Whole foods will best support your mental health. Avoiding sugar and grains is essential in helping keep your insulin and leptin levels normalised.
Optimise your gut health: Fermented foods (such as fermented vegetables) are important for optimal mental as well as gut health. Many of us fail to realise that your gut is acts as your body’s second brain. It significantly influences your mind, mood and behaviour. In fact, your mind boosts more mood-boosting serotonin than your brain does.
Soak up the sun: Regular sunlight exposure will ensure you get sufficient vitamin D intake. This vitamin is a crucial factor in treating depression and keeping it at bay. Previous research has proved that vitamin D can improve both psychiatric and neurological disorders.
Manage your stressors: Although a serious condition, depression isn’t a “disease”. Rather, it’s a sign that your body and life are out of balance. This is important to remember, because as soon as you begin to view depression as an illness, you’ll feel you need a drug to treat it. In reality, all you need to do is find a way to return balance to your life. An effective way to do this is to address your stress and manage it.
If you’re already on an SSRI antidepressant or are considering going on one to treat depression, chat to your doctor about natural depression remedies you could try instead. Doing so could save your life.
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