Patients taking antidepressants are less likely to die from COVID-19

A new study shows that people who take antidepressants are significantly less likely to die from COVID-19. Dr Yogesh Shah at Broadlawns Medical Center said there were two reasons why antidepressants would cause fewer COVID-19 deaths. He said antidepressants act as anti-inflammatory agents, and they increase melatonin. The University of California at San Francisco study collected health records from 87 health centers across the country. It found that people taking antidepressants were 8% to 28% less likely to die from COVID-19. Shah said it is a good sign because the effective drugs in antidepressants could be used to treat COVID-19. However, he did not widely prescribe antidepressants. “It looks promising. Like I mentioned, I wouldn’t go out and give a prescription to patients, but it looks promising,” Shah said. He said that if you take antidepressants, it does not replace the need for the vaccine. Merck and Pfizer have applied to the Food and Drug Administration for approval for emergency use of their COVID-19 pills. Pfizer said their antiviral pill reduces hospitalization and death by 89%.

A new study shows that people who take antidepressants are significantly less likely to die from COVID-19.

Dr Yogesh Shah at Broadlawns Medical Center said there were two reasons why antidepressants would cause fewer COVID-19 deaths.

He said antidepressants act as anti-inflammatory agents, and they increase melatonin.

The University of California at San Francisco study collected health records from 87 health centers across the country. It found that people taking antidepressants were 8% to 28% less likely to die from COVID-19.

Shah said it is a good sign because the effective drugs in antidepressants could be used to treat COVID-19. However, he did not widely prescribe antidepressants.

“It looks promising. Like I mentioned, I wouldn’t go out and give a prescription to patients, but it looks promising,” Shah said.

He said that if you take antidepressants, it does not replace the need for the vaccine.

Merck and Pfizer have applied to the Food and Drug Administration for approval for emergency use of their COVID-19 pills. Pfizer said their antiviral pill reduces hospitalization and death by 89%.

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