How do SSRIs affect intracerebral haemorrhage?

Neurologists have taken a step towards unravelling the complexities

Taking SSRIs does not appear to raise the risk of primary intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) but starting on the medicine after an intracranial haemorrhage may be associated with poorer stroke outcomes, researchers say.

Brain image showing blood vessels

They conducted a post-hoc analysis of data from the ERICH (Ethical/Racial Variations of IntraCerebral Haemorrhage) study in which 3000 US adults with primary ICH, from 42 hospitals, were matched with the same number of controls without a bleed.