Friday, April 10, 2009

Some antidepressants increase the risk of diabetes

Long term use of antidepressants is associated with an increased risk of Diabetes Mellitus.

This is especially true of 2 antidepressants likely to cause weight gain, Paxil (paroxetine) and Elavil (amitryptiline).

No need to take immediate action:
Dr. Andersohn stressed that because the risk for diabetes develops slowly, doctors should not take immediate action in treating individual patients. "Abrupt withdrawal of antidepressants might cause unintended effects."