Recent Antidepressant Use May Be Associated With Development Of Glaucoma In Seniors

Medscape (3/21, Brauser) reported that, according to research presented at a geriatric psychiatry meeting, “recent use of antidepressants may be linked to the development of acute angle closure glaucoma (AACG) in adults over age 66.” In their study involving 5,000 patients with AACG, researchers “found a significantly increased risk for ‘any antidepressant exposure’ in the time period immediately preceding the condition.” What’s more, they “found a more than two-fold increased risk for AACG in patients in the mixed serotonergic/noradrenergic treatment subgroup.”

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