Despite ‘black box warning’ for drugs such as Prozac, no increase — or decrease — was found MONDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) — Antidepressant drugs such as Prozac do not raise suicide risk in young people, a new study says. The finding should help reassure doctors about prescribing antidepressants to youngsters, said first author Robert […]
The Current Crisis of Confidence in Antidepressants Two recent events in the field of psychiatry have captured the attention of the lay media: (1) the results of research examining the efficacy of antidepressants for patients with mild-to-moderate depression and (2) the FDA requirement that antidepressants carry a black box warning regarding suicidal thinking and behavior […]
Do antidepressants work? Doctors and patients respond to a letter on Wednesday that questioned their liberal use. THE LETTER To the Editor: “In Defense of Antidepressants,” by Peter D. Kramer (Sunday Review, July 10), reflects a high-stakes battle involving pharmaceutical companies, health care providers and patients.
IN terms of perception, these are hard times for antidepressants. A number of articles have suggested that the drugs are no more effective than placebos. Last month brought an especially high-profile debunking. In an essay in The New York Review of Books, Marcia Angell, former editor in chief of The New England Journal of […]
Fears and Facts About Antidepressants Along with counseling, antidepressants are a common part of treatment for depression. And they are usually effective. Six out of 10 people treated with antidepressants feel better with the first one they try. If the first antidepressant medication doesn’t help, the second or third often will. Most people eventually […]