Long-term antidepressant use creeps up

A dramatic rise in antidepressant prescriptions given by general practitioners has led to an increased number of people popping the mood boosters long-term, say researchers at the University of Southampton. The study, published today in the British Medical Journal, shows that despite a drop in the number of new patients diagnosed with …

Popular antidepressant may increase suicidal thoughts in men

In a study of 811 people treating major depression over a 12-week period with the drugs nortriptyline (marketed as Aventyl and Pamelor) and competitor escitalopram (marketed as Lexapro and Cipralex), researchers found that men taking nortriptyline showed a dramatic increase in suicidal thoughts, compared to those taking the competing …

Antidepressant Use Soars

In 2005, 10% of Americans aged six or older — some 27 million people — received at least one prescription for antidepressants. That’s up from just under 6% in 1996.

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