A Prozac a day keeps Covid-19 deaths at bay, says study

Experts say the finding raises the prospect of using antidepressants to treat the disease, but some are reluctant

16 November 2021 - 18:27 By Irina Anghel

A common antidepressant appears to reduce the risk of death in patients admitted to hospital with severe Covid-19, according to a study published in the US Medical Association’s JAMA Network Open journal.

About 9.8% of the 470 Covid-19 patients in the study who were taking fluoxetine, also sold under the brand name Prozac, died. That’s compared to more than 13% of patients with similar characteristics not receiving any antidepressants. ..

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