Study: Anti-depressants don’t work as well at high altitudes
New research from the University of Utah says living at a higher altitude may impact how well some common antidepressants work.
This is due to lower oxygen levels.
Utah’s atmosphere has around 17 percent less oxygen than at sea level.
This can make it harder for the brain to make serotonin, and also lower a person’s response to SSRIs, which is the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressants.
The U of U study says high altitude can even make depression worse in some people taking certain depression and anxiety medications.
Women are more sensitive than men. Researchers say at least 25 percent of all adult women in Utah are prescribed antidepressants.
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