SSRIs Like Paxil May Increase Surgery Risks
A new study that was recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine is suggesting that patients taking SSRI antidepressants like Paxil may be at an increased risk of complications during surgery. The risks include bleeding and death.
During their research, scientists found that patients were more likely to suffer from surgical complications after taking drugs like Paxil. In fact, the researchers found that patients receiving SSRI medications are 10 percent more likely to bleed excessively and require blood transfusions as well as being more likely to require readmission to the hospital within a month. The results of this study were published on April 29.
For now, it remains unclear why SSRIs like Paxil are linked to the complications, but there is at least one running theory. One expert has been quoted as saying that “the antidepressant drugs may affect blood platelet functioning, which may prevent the platelets from clotting correctly. If the blood is unable to effectively clot, excessive bleeding can occur resulting in other complications.”
These risks have the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Andrew Auerbach, recommending that patients taking SSRIs should stop taking the drugs before having surgery. Doctors already recommend that patients not take NSAID drugs like ibuprofen because of the bleeding risks, but more research will need to be conducted before SSRIs are formally added to that list.
Paxil is an antidepressant medication that is used by millions of people worldwide, but it can cause serious side effects, including violent and suicidal thoughts and behavior. The pills have also been proven to cause birth defects in babies whose mothers take the pills while pregnant. Some of the birth control pills linked to Paxil and Effexor include PPHN, oral clefts, neural tube defects and spina bifida. In general, SSRIs like Paxil can often worsen a person’s condition rather than help them, and the price of these medications can be very high when used for long periods of time. The drugs have also been found to be habit forming, which makes them even more dangerous.