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Antidepressants and Risk of Cataract Development: A Population-Based, Nested Case-Control Study

Long-term use of antidepressants may promote the development of cataracts.

This study examined the intake of antidepressant pills in relation to the subsequent development of cataracts. Researchers assessed the frequency of use of antidepressant medications among 7,651 patients with cataracts and 6,637 individuals without the disease. 

Researchers found high rates of cataracts among individuals taking antidepressants for a long time. "We found increased risk of cataract development in patients continuously using antidepressants," the authors concluded.

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  • 2017
  • Po-Han Chou , Che-Sheng Chu , Yi-Huei Chen , Min-Yen Hsu , Min-Wei Huang , Tsuo-Hung Lan , Ching-Heng Lin
  • Department of Psychiatry, Taichung Veterans General hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan; Department of Photonics, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan; Department of Biological Science and Technology, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. Electronic address: phchou1980@gmail.com. Department of Psychiatry, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Department of Medical Research, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan. Department of Ophthalmology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan. Chia-Yi branch, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Chiayi City, Taiwan. Department of Psychiatry, Taichung Veterans General hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan. Department of Medical Research, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.
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