Antiplatelet effects of citalopram in patients with ischaemic stroke: A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study

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We evaluated the effect of SSRI treatment on platelet aggregation in patients with ischaemic stroke and included patients from the randomized double-blind controlled study of citalopram in acute ischaemic stroke (TALOS). Patients on clopidogrel were included 6 months after acute ischaemic stroke. Platelet parameters, including P2Y12 platelet reactivity using the VerifyNow System, were measured at the last day of study treatment and repeated after a 14-day wash-out period. A total of 60 patients were included (n = 32 randomized to citalopram). Platelet aggregation levels did not differ between the citalopram group (mean 116, 95% CI 89 to 143) and the placebo group (mean 136, 95% CI 109 to 163) (On-treatment, p = 0.14). Similarly, there was no significant change in platelet aggregation in the citalopram group from on-treatment to post-treatment (mean difference 2.0; 95% CI -18 to 14). Platelet count, size and turnover were not affected by SSRI treatment. In conclusion, SSRI therapy did not lead to statistically significant inhibition of platelet aggregation in ischaemic stroke patients treated with clopidogrel.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20048
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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