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Confirmed: Heart Problems Linked to SSRI Antidepressants

Antidepressants

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  • Celexa and other antidepressants, including Lexapro and Elavil, may extend the electrical activity in your heart, potentially leading to abnormal heart rhythms, which in turn can lead to dizziness, fainting or even sudden death.
  • Nearly one in five patients taking Celexa or certain other antidepressants called serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) had longer QT intervals that could signal an abnormal heart rhythm.
  • Antidepressant use has also been linked to thicker arteries, which could contribute to the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Many studies show antidepressants work no better than placebos, especially for mild to moderate depression; there are many natural strategies available that can help heal mental health issues at the foundational level, without dangerous side effects.

By Dr. Mercola

In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert on the antidepressant Celexa, warning it can cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of your heart, which can lead to abnormal heart rhythm and fatal heart attacks.


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