Monday, 19 January 2009

Newer Anti-Psychotics Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attack

[The researchers] found that users of the newer drugs were 2.26 times more likely to suffer from sudden cardiac death than those not on the medications.

Patients who took the highest doses were at the highest risk. Overall, the patients had a three-in-1,000 risk of sudden cardiac death a year [...]

The drugs appear to cause problems by disrupting potassium in the heart, causing its electrical rhythm to fail [...]

Dr. Sebastian Schneeweiss, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, co-wrote an accompanying commentary in the journal. He said that, considering the risk and lack of evidence that the drugs are useful beyond limited cases, doctors should "sharply" reduce their use to treat conditions other than acute psychosis and schizophrenia.

Hmm, it just gets better and better for these drugs, doesn't it? Original study is published in the Jan. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.


Hannah said...

Seems pointless trying to protest, Wont 'they' just suggest that it's better to have a slim chance of heart failure and take the drugs rather than not take the drugs and have a high chance of total life failure? Blue Monday caught up with me....

Han x

Abysmal Musings said...

You're probably right. No doubt they'll have another largely untested 'wonderdrug' in the wings to replace these before too long. Hope you give Blue Monday the kicking it deserves. D

Lola Snow said...

I've never been perscribed these drugs, but that really doesn't sound like a bonus feature I'd want to be swallowing as a medicine. I have little respect for my body when it comes to extra curricular activities and self medication, but the stuff you get from the grown ups should be good for you. ***Sighs*** being mentally interesting is dangerous, huh?

Lola x

differentlysane said...

Not to mention the weight gain which can lead to morbid obesity, Type II Diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, increased prevalence of certain cancers.

As my good friend who's a pharmacist said, "this ain't kiddy aspirin, it's serious s**t."

I doubt this is going to curtail any doctor's prescribing habits - guidelines say anti-depressants shouldn't be prescribed for mild depression, but they regularly are, since doctors find it easier to put their squiggle on a piece of paper than than listen, think and sort problems.

The new 'wonderdrug' will probably be just the same stuff but with a new food colouring in so that they can renew the patents anyway.


colouredmind said...

How lovely for us all. Hannah X

Abysmal Musings said...

Sorry, wasn't trying to be gloomy for Blue Monday... Take care all, D x