Consumer Justice Foundation Alerts Public To The Results of a Canadian SSRI Study Linking Post Heart Attack Patients with Increased Risk of Internal Bleeding

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The Consumer Justice Foundation, which publishes several free online resources designed to provide consumers with information regarding dealing with corporations and the potential dangers of prescription medicine and whose Web site can be found at, hereby warns the public of the results of a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal detailing the risks of internal bleeding in post heart attack patients who use an SSRI along with antiplatelet therapy.

The Consumer Justice Foundation, a team of consumer advocate professionals who publish free online resources for consumers regarding how to deal with large corporations such as insurance companies and the dangers and risks associated with certain prescription medications, hereby warns the public regarding the results of a study that was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal regarding the use of SSRI antidepressant medications along with aspirin and other drugs after recovering from a heart attack.

The study, which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on September 26, 2011 and entitled, “Risk of bleeding associated with combined use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and antiplatelet therapy following acute myocardial infarction,” tracks 27,058 patients who had suffered a heart attack and who were ultimately released from the hospital between 1998 and 2007.

Specifically, the study compared groups of patients who took aspirin along with an SSRI medication to those who only took aspirin. The results showed that those who used both medications faced a 42 percent increased risk for a subsequent internal bleeding episode as compared to those who only used aspirin. In addition, patients who used aspirin, clopidogrel and an SSRI faced a 57 percent higher risk for an episode of internal bleeding as compared to those who did not include an SSRI in their medication protocol.

SSRI’s are medications that are also known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. They are generally used to treat symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders. There are several brand name SSRI medications. However, this study of the potential SSRI side effects faced by heart patients does not specifically include or exclude any individual SSRI medications.

About the Consumer Justice Foundation

The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site can be found at, is a for-profit organization that serves two purposes for consumers: (1) to provide educational information regarding the policies and procedures of large corporations and how they affect the average consumer; and (2) to provide news updates and resources that continue to update consumers regarding developments taken by corporations that include pharmaceutical drug companies, auto manufacturers and insurance companies so that consumers who have been harmed can use these informational resources to connect to an experienced professional who can help them. The team at the Consumer Justice Foundation is staffed by experienced and passionate consumer advocates whose mission is to raise the awareness of issues that could pose a risk of harm to those who may not otherwise be aware of the dangers they face.


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