Sumary of Covid patients taking antidepressants are up to 30% less likely to die from the virus, study claims:
- Antidepressants could cut the risk of dying from Covid, research suggests.
- They picked out 3,401 who were prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and compared them to similar adults.
- Results showed patients taking fluoxetine, branded as Prozac and sold for as little as 4p a pill, were 28 per cent less likely to die of Covid.
- The effect was also visible among adults taking fluvoxamine, marketed as Luvox.
- Doctors at the University of California, San Francisco, who carried out the research, said the results were ‘encouraging’.
- Scientists found that taking fluoxetine, branded as Prozac and sold for 4p a pill, slashed the risk of death in Covid patients by 28 per cent.
- The powerful effects were also visible in adults taking Luvox, priced at 29p a pill, who had the risk slashed by 26 per cent How does Fluvoxamine work to treat Covid?
- Fluvoxamine is a drug usually used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other mental illnesses by boosting serotonin levels in the brain.