WARNING: INCREASED MORTALITY IN ELDERLY PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA-RELATED PSYCHOSIS and SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIORS WITH ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS
4 antidepressant drugs
during this episode, which had already lasted more than 18 months in 9 of 14 cases.
ONE of the major problems associated with antidepressant drugs
are the side effects.
The MGH team examined the health records of 38,397 patients who had an EKG reading taken at a Partners facility between 14 and 90 days after receiving a prescription for one of 11 different antidepressant drugs
or for methadone, which is known to prolong QT interval.
Effects specific to particular antidepressant drugs
could not be investigated in the current study.
The results of this study may not be applicable to primary-care settings, to individuals whose depression is severe, to non-Alzheimer's dementia, or even to other antidepressant drugs
other than sertraline and mirtazapine.
A new meta-analysis confirms that patients with severe depression get more benefit from antidepressant drugs
than those with milder forms of the disease.
Sales of antidepressant drugs
now exceed $20 billion a year, "despite low rates of recovery, high rates of relapse, and an astonishing array of serious side effects.
Use of antidepressant drugs
in the United States doubled between 1996 and 2005, probably because of a mix of factors, researchers reported.
Instead, the researchers stated "the finding doesn't necessarily mean that antidepressant drugs
Constipation is a common side effect of pain pills (especially narcotics), antacids that contain aluminum or calcium, antispasmodic and antidepressant drugs
, tranquilizers, iron supplements, calcium channel blockers for high blood pressure and heart conditions, and some medications for Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.
THE headlines tell us that antidepressant drugs