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Offline Itsimplymelc

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Long term side effects
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:06:06 AM »
I've been on SSRIs since 6 on and off . I have read and saw there could be some serious side effects one of which being breast cancer and now I'm afraid to keep taking them.
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Re: Long term side effects
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2014, 09:11:16 AM »
I've been on SSRI's (citalopram, 20/40mg) and I've done alot of research into the side effects. I've never heard of any risk of breast cancer for this SSRI or others to be honest. What one are you on?
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Re: Long term side effects
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2014, 10:04:29 AM »
Luvox and abilfy now it was Prozac for many years
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Re: Long term side effects
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2014, 04:42:17 PM »
I have read and saw there could be some serious side effects one of which being breast cancer

There is no reliable evidence that antidepressants increase the risk of breast cancer, though there have been a couple of poorly designed studies that have made the claim.

However, some antidepressants may reduce the effectiveness of one cancer drug, tamoxifen, often used to treat breast cancer, as may other meds which affect a particular liver enzyme. But this doesn't mean they increase the risk of getting breast cancer.

Ian
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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.