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Antidepressants, glioma, . . . and other stories

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 20 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1296

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Antidepressant drugs and risk of glioma

Taking antidepressant drugs doesn’t increase the likelihood of developing a glioma, according to a case-control study from Sweden. A comparison of exposure to antidepressants in 1300 cases of glioma and age, sex, and geographically matched controls showed no associations between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or any other type of antidepressant and risk of developing either low or high grade gliomas. When these data were included in a meta-analysis with those of two previous studies that addressed the same question, it looked as if antidepressant treatment might slightly reduce risk of developing gliomas (Am J Epidemiol doi:10.1093/aje/kwae100).

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