February 10, 2012

Could antidepressants help reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy?


A groundbreaking study published in Elsevier's Epilepsy & Behavior provides evidence in mouse model that drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs; one category of antidepressants) may reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)… Elson L. So, MD, Second Vice-President of the American Epilepsy Society and Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine said, "The findings in this study are very important because they reveal very specific mechanisms that could explain the impaired breathing that is known to occur with seizures in many persons with epilepsy….”

Medical Xpress, 02/09/2012

Tags: American Epilepsy Society, antidepressants, Elsevier's Epilepsy & Behavior, Elson L. So, Neurology, Professor or Neurology, Research, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, SSRIs, Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

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