Antidepressant use tied to greater risk of pneumonia, COPD exacerbations: study

Patients with COPD who start antidepressants should be monitored closely for side effects, researchers say.
Rachel Fieldhouse

Adults with COPD who are prescribed antidepressants may need close monitoring for side effects, say UK researchers who found an increased risk of pneumonia and exacerbations with antidepressant use.

The University of Nottingham-led team report a 79% and 16% higher likelihood of pneumonia and COPD exacerbations, respectively, within 90 days of starting antidepressants compared to no exposure.