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Prescriptions for antidepressants increasing among individuals with no psychiatric diagnosis
A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examines national trends in antidepressant prescribing and finds much of this growth was driven by a substantial increase in antidepressant prescriptions by non-psychiatrist providers without any accompanying psychiatric diagnosis. (2011-08-04)

Mostly In The Mind
Antidepressants may be little better than placebos. The benefits of taking the drugs could be almost entirely due to the psycological boost derived from taking a pill rather than their effects on brain chemistry, say two researchers in the US. (1998-07-08)

Antidepressant use in pregnant women linked to small increase in autism
Antidepressant use in pregnant women was linked to increased cases of autism in their children, though the absolute risk appeared to be small. (2017-07-24)

Antidepressants in suicide prevention
Professor Erkki Isometsä, a renowned expert in psychiatric suicide research from the University of Helsinki, Finland, will present the state of evidence and critically comment on the current discussion concerning this topic with regard to the role of antidepressive treatment in real-life clinical practice. (2008-07-08)

Carnegie Mellon, Ohio State get grant to study link between antidepressants and suicidality in teens
An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the Ohio State University has received a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the link between antidepressants and suicidality -- including suicidal thoughts, attempts and suicide deaths. The researchers have previously challenged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) findings that antidepressants are causally linked to an increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors in young people. (2006-08-14)

Antidepressants linked to heightened pregnancy related diabetes risk
Taking antidepressants while expecting a baby is linked to a heightened risk of developing diabetes that is specifically related to pregnancy, known as gestational diabetes, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2019-10-01)

Exercise alleviates sexual side-effects of antidepressants in women, study shows
New UT Austin research shows exercise has the potential to restore sexual desire and function in women adversely affected by sexual side effects. (2013-12-10)

Antidepressants associated with significantly elevated risk of death, researchers find
Antidepressant medications, most commonly prescribed to reduce depression and anxiety, increase the risk of death, according to new findings by a McMaster-led team of researchers. (2017-09-14)

Academics call for targeted healthcare for pregnant women and new mums with depression
Pregnant women and new mothers who experience depression need improved healthcare say academics. (2019-11-20)

Decrease in suicide not linked to newer antidepressants
Many researchers have studied the relationship between the increase in sales of new antidepressants in recent decades and a simultaneous decline in the suicide rate. In a study based on figures from the Nordic countries, researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health found no evidence that increased sales of the new medicines could be linked to a lower suicide rate. The researchers also did not find any relationship between reduced sales of the older and more toxic antidepressants and a reduction in suicide rates. (2010-09-29)

Prozac is effective for depression...and hot flashes too
A Mayo Clinic study indicates that Prozac, a medication often prescribed for treatment of depression, can safely and significantly relieve hot flashes in women who have been treated for breast cancer. (2002-03-14)

Significantly fewer pregnant women take antidepressants
A pregnancy is not always a happy event and as many as 10-15% of pregnant women in Denmark have depressive symptoms. A new study carried out by Aarhus University now shows a significant decrease in the use of antidepressants by pregnant women -- with consumption falling by more than 33% since 2011. (2019-10-29)

Antidepressants double the risk of aggression and suicide in children
Children and adolescents have a doubled risk of aggression and suicide when taking one of the five most commonly prescribed antidepressants, according to findings of a study published in The BMJ today. (2016-01-27)

Antidepressants may increase risk of abnormal bleeding
New users of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, a type of antidepressant) have an increased risk of being admitted to the hospital for abnormal bleeding, according to an article in the November 22 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2004-11-22)

CIHR-funded research: Antidepressants help men decrease alcohol consumption, but not women
A CIHR-funded study explored the relationship between use of antidepressants and level of alcohol consumption, examining whether using antidepressants affected the link between depression and level of alcohol consumption. The research concluded that women suffering from depression consumed more alcohol than women who did not experience depression, regardless of antidepressant use. This finding differs significantly from rates found in male counterparts. (2007-02-26)

Antidepressants may impair driving ability, new research finds
People taking prescription antidepressants appear to drive worse than people who aren't taking such drugs, and depressed people on antidepressants have even more trouble concentrating and reacting behind the wheel. (2008-08-17)

Proof that antidepressants and breastfeeding can mix
Researchers have found that women on antidepressants are more successful at breastfeeding their babies if they keep taking the medication. (2014-04-10)

Antidepressants Can Lead To Mouth Infections
Persons taking antidepressant medication are at increased risk of developing dental cavities and oral infections, researchers warn. This is because antidepressants cause (1998-06-23)

Psychotherapy should be first-line treatment for depression in young people, trial finds
Young people seeking support for depression should be offered psychotherapy as the first line of treatment, a clinical trial by researchers at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, has found. (2019-07-31)

SSRI antidepressants not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular conditions
Commonly used antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular conditions, such as heart attacks and strokes in people aged below 65, finds a study published in The BMJ today. (2016-03-22)

Newer antidepressants led to less, not more, teen suicides
Contrary to newly mandated FDA black-box warnings, a new study finds antidepressants dramatically lower suicide attempts in youth. (2007-09-06)

Steep increase in antidepressant use, study shows
Canadians' use of antidepressants has soared by more than 300 per cent over the past two decades, says a study by researchers at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children. (2002-10-16)

Study supports heart rhythm problems with some antidepressants
Some antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are linked with a long QT interval (the duration of electrical activity of the heart muscle) -- a marker for heart rhythm abnormalities, finds a study published on bmj.com today. (2013-01-29)

No link between antidepressants and birth defects
Expectant mothers can safely use prescribed antidepressants during their first trimester, according to a new study from the Université de Montréal and Ste. Justine Hospital published in the May edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry. (2008-05-22)

A new molecular target identified in depression
The discovery of a new mechanism involved in depression -- and a way to target it with a drug as effective as classical antidepressants -- provides new understanding of this illness and could pave the way for treatments with fewer side effects. (2018-05-07)

Researchers say extended antidepressant use creates physical dependence
Researchers explain symptoms associated with Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome and provide a schedule for tapering various classes of antidepressants. Patients who stop medication without tapering often experience flulike symptoms, insomnia, nausea, imbalance, sensory disturbances often described as electric shocks or 'brain zaps', and hyperarousal. (2020-02-20)

Psychological side-effects of anti-depressants worse than thought
A University of Liverpool researcher has shown that thoughts of suicide, sexual difficulties and emotional numbness as a result of anti-depressants may be more widespread than previously thought. (2014-02-25)

Depression after stroke: A neglected problem
People who have had a stroke and the people who are close to them need more support in order to manage the consequences of stroke. The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care has now assessed research on treatments for depression after a stroke. They found that using antidepressants after a stroke does not have the effect it is expected to have. Because of their adverse effects and interactions with other drugs, antidepressants should only be used with caution. (2008-07-09)

Nutrient supplements can give antidepressants a boost
An international evidence review has found that certain nutritional supplements can increase the effectiveness of antidepressants for people with clinical depression. (2016-04-26)

New study supports link between Omega-3 supplementation and reduction in depression
A new meta-analysis published in Translational Psychiatry supports the link between intake of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients found in certain varieties of fatty fish, and reduction in major depressive disorder (MDD). (2016-03-18)

Antidepressant medications appear to be generally safe
Antidepressants are generally safe, according to a new study by an international team of researchers. By assessing evidence from 45 meta-analyses, which combined the results from many studies, the researchers did not find strong evidence of adverse health outcomes associated with antidepressant use. The findings have been published in JAMA Psychiatry. (2019-10-02)

Popularity doesn't necessarily make Prozac best antidepressant choice
Although Prozac has achieved phenomenal marketing success, it may not be as effective as certain other antidepressants, according to a recent systematic review. (2005-12-06)

Antidepressant drug alleviates hot flashes in men undergoing prostate cancer treatment
Venlafaxine, an antidepressant drug, helps reduce the incidence of hot flashes in men undergoing androgen- deprivation therapy for prostate cancer, according to a recent Mayo Clinic report published in the Journal of Urology (1999-09-03)

Costs of antidepressants could have funded effective alternatives
Some of the costs of prescribing antidepressant drugs over the last decade could have been used to deliver psychological treatments of proven effectiveness, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. (2005-03-17)

Most off-label antidepressant prescriptions lack strong scientific evidence
Most off-label antidepressant prescriptions lack strong scientific evidence, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2017-02-21)

Trial shows that 2 main antidepressants prescribed for dementia patients with depression provide no benefit yet increased side effects
Antidepressants are commonly prescribed with usual care for dementia patients with depression. But such use should now be reconsidered following the results of the HTA-SADD trial, that show sertraline and mirtazapine provided no benefit yet increased side effects in these patients. (2011-07-18)

Antidepressants need new nerve cells to be effective, UT Southwestern researchers find
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered in mice that the brain must create new nerve cells for either exercise or antidepressants to reduce depression-like behavior. (2008-08-28)

Regular follow-up important during antidepressant treatment
Because individuals can react differently to antidepressant medications, regular follow-up is important during the first few weeks of treatment, according to an editorial by Group Health psychiatrist and researcher Greg Simon, M.D., M.P.H. Simon's advice, published in the November issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, comes amidst several recent conflicting studies on the link between antidepressant use and suicide risk in children and adolescents. (2006-11-01)

Risk of serotonin syndrome in patients prescribed triptans for migraine, antidepressants
The risk of serotonin syndrome in patients prescribed both triptans for migraine and antidepressants appears to be low, which may suggest an advisory from the US Food and Administration on that risk should be reconsidered. (2018-02-26)

SSRI antidepressants not associated with an increased risk cardiovascular conditions
Commonly used antidepressants, known as 'selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors', are not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular conditions, such as heart attacks and strokes, according to new research at The University of Nottingham. (2016-03-22)

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