Do you take antidepressants? You may have a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, new study claims

People who take antidepressants have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, a new study claims. 

The research published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease found extended use of the drug nortriptyline prevented abnormal proteins building up in the brain, which trigger the disease.

The drug, typically used to treat depression and nerve pain, has been around for 50 years.

But the researchers at Michigan State University claim their proof-of-concept study shows the treatment could be repurposed as a preventative measure for Parkinson’s. 

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