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Antidepressants, sperm function studied by Spokane researchers

Researchers at Washington State University Spokane are now enrolling subjects in the first-ever study of the effects of a class of common antidepressant on sperm function.The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has awarded $143,000 to fund the study on the effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on sperm function, including their impact on the genetic material in the sperm (the DNA, or chromatin). The SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants in the United States (examples include Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil). An estimated 4 million men of reproductive age in the U.S. alone take SSRIs each year.The grant was awarded to … » More …