The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. Comments on SSRI Study that Could Change the Future of Medicine

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According to a new study, SSRIs can alter the brain’s architecture within hours, even though most patients don’t notice the effects until weeks of use. Such results could help psychiatrists determine what patients will respond to such antidepressants and possibly other drugs through a simple brain scan, reports the Los Angeles Times.

If doctors can tell how a person will respond to a particular drug, they will have much more control over determining whether the benefits outweigh the potential risks for each individual patient.

According to an article published in the Sept. 18 edition of the Los Angeles Times, researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany used a magnetic resonance imaging machine to compare brain matter in patients who took an SSRI antidepressant with those who did not. Researchers noted that they saw activity within three hours of ingestion, the Los Angeles Times reports.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ article, the findings may help psychiatrists determine what patients will respond to such drugs before they actually prescribe them.

“Results of this study are pretty exciting,” said Melinda Helbock, founder of The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C., a San Diego personal injury law firm. “If doctors can tell how a person will respond to a particular drug, they will have much more control over determining whether the benefits outweigh the potential risks for each individual patient.”

The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. advocates for patient safety and represents individuals and families affected by the adverse effects of over-the-counter and prescription medications including SSRI antidepressants such as Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac.

Helbock notes that findings like these could pave the way for determining who really should take certain medications and who should not. “If a psychiatrist can determine that a patient won’t experience the results he or she is expecting, unnecessary side effects could be avoided,” she said. “For instance, these tests could help doctors and pregnant patients determine if taking an antidepressant while pregnant is really worth the risk of possible birth defects.”

Helbock and her staff represent clients in birth defect claims involving SSRIs such as Zoloft and Paxil. Alleged birth defects that have been associated with SSRI use include heart and lung complications.

About The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C.
The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. is a San Diego-based personal injury law firm that represents individuals and families in a range of birth defect lawsuits. To learn more about the firm visit http://www.helbocklaw.com.

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