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No clear evidence that antidepressants assist in the management of chronic low back pain
Doctors commonly prescribe antidepressants for patients with low back pain for three main reasons; to relieve pain; reduce mild depression and improve a person's mood; and improve sleep. Despite this, the use of antidepressants in low back pain is controversial with different studies arriving at different conclusions. (2008-01-22)

Link between antidepressants and diabetes risk is real
Clinicians should be extra vigilant when prescribing antidepressants as they could pose a risk of type 2 diabetes, researchers at the University of Southampton have warned. (2013-09-24)

Depression may explain higher risk of heart attack associated with antidepressants
The underlying depression, rather than the effects of the drugs themselves, may explain the increased risk of heart attack associated with taking antidepressants, suggests research in Heart. According to the study, more than one in 10 older people are prescribed antidepressants. (2005-03-14)

Antidepressants account for only 10 percent of fall in suicide rates among older people
The use of antidepressants is likely to account for only 10 percent of the fall in suicide rates among middle aged and older people, suggests a large study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2008-04-14)

Antidepressants are not safe for children
Just how safe and effective are antidepressants in children and adolescents? Researchers in this week's BMJ uncover disturbing shortcomings in trials of newer antidepressants in this patient group. They conclude that antidepressant drugs cannot confidently be recommended as a treatment option for childhood depression. (2004-04-08)

Antidepressants during pregnancy do not pose risk to unborn child
Women who take antidepressants during pregnancy do not appear to be at greater risk of giving birth to children with congenital heart defects compared to women who are not exposed to the drugs, according to new research from UCL. (2016-01-27)

Are antidepressants overused?
Antidepressant prescriptions in the UK have increased by 9.6 percent in 2011, to 46 million prescriptions. Does this reflect overmedicalisation or appropriate treatment? Two experts debate the issue on bmj.com today. (2013-01-22)

News Tips from the Journal of Neuroscience
Journal highlights include Antidepressants, BDNF, and the Dentate Gyrus; and Crossing Bridges to Spinal Cord Regeneration. (2005-02-01)

Brain's nicotine receptors also target for anti-depressants
The same receptors in the brain that are activated when a person smokes cigarettes also play a critical role in the effectiveness of antidepressants. (2004-11-16)

Depression: Antidepressants beneficial in physically ill patients
Antidepressants are effective against depression in patients suffering from physical illnesses, according to a new systematic review by Cochrane researchers at King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre in the UK. The researchers found the drugs were more effective than placebos at treating depression in these patients. (2010-03-16)

New study on the placebo effect and antidepressants in children and adolescents
Although the clinical efficacy of antidepressants in children and adolescents is proven, it is frequently accompanied by side effects. In addition, the influence of the placebo effect on the efficacy of antidepressants is unclear. A meta-analysis of data from over 6,500 patients has now shown that, although antidepressants are more effective than placebos, the difference is minor and varies according to the type of mental disorder. (2017-09-15)

Antidepressants show potential for postoperative pain
Anesthesiologists at Queen's examine studies where antidepressants were prescribed for pain after surgery. (2014-08-29)

Antidepressant therapy for major depression in children and adolescents
Dr. Graham Emslie, a world leader in research into the use of antidepressants in children and adolescents, along with colleagues Amy Cheung and Taryn Mayes review the evidence from published and unpublished randomized controlled trials on the benefits and harms (including suicide and suicide ideation) of antidepressant therapy for major depressive disorder in pediatric patients. (2006-01-16)

Antidepressants linked to thicker arteries
Antidepressant use has been linked to thicker arteries, possibly contributing to the risk of heart disease and stroke, in a study of twin veterans. (2011-04-02)

Combined use of antidepressants and painkillers linked to bleeding risk
Taking a combination of antidepressants and common painkillers is associated with an increased risk of bleeding soon after starting treatment, finds a study published in The BMJ this week. (2015-07-14)

Antidepressants commonly and increasingly prescribed for nondepressive indications
In a study appearing in the May 24/31 issue of JAMA, Jenna Wong, M.Sc., of McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and colleagues analyzed treatment indications for antidepressants and assessed trends in antidepressant prescribing for depression. (2016-05-24)

Call for longer-term use of antidepressants
Authors of a UK study in this week's issue of the Lancet highlight how longer-term use of antidepressants-by a year or more in addition to standard 4-6 month treatment-could substantially reduce the risk of relapse for people with depressive disorders. (2003-02-20)

Maternal use of antidepressants found to pose little risk to newborn
In new findings published in JAMA on June 2, 2015, researchers demonstrate that while the possibility of an increased risk of PPHN associated with maternal use of antidepressants in late pregnancy cannot be entirely excluded, the absolute risk is small and the risk increase, if present, appears more modest than suggested in previous studies. (2015-06-02)

Call for longer-term use of antidepressants
Authors of a UK study in this week's issue of The Lancet highlight how longer-term use of antidepressants--by a year or more in addition to standard 4-6 month treatment--could substantially reduce the risk of relapse for people with depressive disorders. (2003-02-20)

Study finds most commonly prescribed antidepressants similar in effectiveness
An Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute for Healthcare study published in the Dec.19 issue of JAMA has found that three of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants are similar in effectiveness for depressive symptoms. Paroxetine (brand name Paxil), fluoxetine (brand name Prozac and in generic form) and sertaline (brand name Zoloft), also were shown to be similar in their effect on health-related quality of life measures including social interactions, ability to work, sexual functioning and sleep. (2001-12-18)

Newer antidepressants not necessarily safest for older people
New generation antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are associated with an increased risk of several severe adverse outcomes in older people compared with older tricyclic antidepressants, finds a study published online today. (2011-08-02)

A link between antidepressants and type 2 diabetes
University of Alberta researcher Lauren Brown has found people with depression are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Brown's results discovered the risk of diabetes almost doubled for those who were taking a combination of antidepressants. (2008-03-25)

Higher co-payments reduce use of antidepressants
As they struggle to contain skyrocketing medication costs, health plans across the US have responded by implementing multi-tiered formularies requiring higher copayments for (2008-06-06)

Antidepressants in pregnancy increase risk of miscarriage
A new study in Canadian Medical Association Journal found a 68 percent increase in the overall risk of miscarriage in pregnant women using antidepressants. (2010-05-31)

JAMA: Study finds benefits of antidepressants in treating pediatric depression
According to a new study, conducted by the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at Columbus Children's Hospital and published in the April 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the overall benefits of antidepressants in treating pediatric major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and non-OCD anxiety disorders in children 19-years-old and younger clearly out-weigh the risks of suicidal thoughts and attempts associated with these medications. (2007-04-17)

Do antidepressants help chronic back pain and osteoarthritis?
Antidepressants are commonly used worldwide to treat pain, however new research from the University of Sydney shows they offer little to no help for people suffering chronic back pain and osteoarthritis and may even cause harm. (2021-01-20)

Compound created at OSU could become important new antidepressant
Chemists at Oregon State University have discovered and synthesized a new compound that in laboratory and animal tests appears to be similar to, but may have advantages over one of the most important antidepressant medications in the world. (2010-02-04)

Using antidepressants during pregnancy may affect your child's mental health
A study from Aarhus BSS of almost one million Danish children shows that the use of antidepressants during pregnancy increases the risk of your child being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder later in life. However, heritability also plays a part, according to the researchers. (2017-09-07)

New antidepressants increase risks for elderly
Older people taking new generation antidepressants are at more risk of dying or suffering from a range of serious health conditions including stroke, falls, fractures and epilepsy, a study involving researchers at the University of Nottingham has found. (2011-08-02)

Study shows opioid, sedative and antidepressant use pre-surgery leads to worse outcomes
A study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers showed that patients who already used opioids, sedatives or antidepressants prior to colorectal surgery experience significantly more complications post-surgery. (2020-06-08)

Physicians less likely to prescribe antidepressants to minorities, Medicaid patients
African-Americans and Hispanics with major depressive disorder are less likely to get antidepressants than Caucasian patients, and Medicare and Medicaid patients are less likely to get the newest generation of antidepressants. (2012-04-05)

Researchers uncover new information on the effects of antidepressants
The findings of a new study challenge the prevailing thinking on the primary role of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the effects of antidepressants. (2021-02-18)

New study links antidepressants with improved cardiovascular outcomes
A new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute found that screening for and treating depression could help to reduce the risk of heart disease in patients with moderate to severe depression. (2015-03-05)

Antidepressants largely ineffective for back pain and osteoarthritis
Antidepressant drugs are largely ineffective for back and osteoarthritis pain, despite being widely used for these conditions, suggests a review of the evidence published by The BMJ today. (2021-01-20)

Genetic difference predicts antidepressant response
Researchers have identified subtle genetic variations that predict the efficacy of two widely used antidepressant drugs. (2008-01-23)

Depression may be early sign of Parkinson's disease
Depression may be an early symptom of Parkinson's disease, according to research that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 59th annual Meeting in Boston, April 28-May 5, 2007. (2007-04-27)

Autophagy and antidepressants
FK506 binding protein 51 regulates acute and chronic effects of treatment with antidepressants via autophagic pathways (processes by which cells break down and recycle their components) in mice and is linked to the clinical response to antidepressants in humans, according to a study published by Theo Rein and colleagues from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany in this week's PLOS Medicine. (2014-11-11)

New generation antidepressants increase risk of gastrointestinal bleeds
New generation antidepressant drugs, known as SSRIs, increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, shows research in this week's BMJ. Canadian researchers monitored hospital admissions for gastrointestinal bleeding among almost 314,000 people, aged 65 and above, who had been prescribed antidepressants between 1992 and 1998. Antidepressant drugs were grouped according to what extent they inhibited serotonin re-uptake. (2001-09-20)

CCNY study explores a novel candidate for antidepressant treatment
A recent paper published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry explores how a protein named CK2 could play a key role in the formulation of new antidepressants that work more efficiently and faster for more people. (2018-01-17)

Rush to prescribe: Study questions speed in giving antidepressants to grieving parents
Some doctors are too quick to prescribe antidepressants to parents who have suffered the death of a child either during pregnancy or within the first month of life, according to a study conducted by Florida State University researcher Jeffrey R. Lacasse. (2014-03-19)

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