I’m re-posting this highly informed interpretative report about an important new finding concerning the risk of suicide for young people taking SSRI antidepressants. It should be a great reassurance for parents of adolescents on these meds. It also provides a strong cautionary note about the need for proper supervision from a mental health professional to ensure proper dosing.
A large, well-controlled pharmacoepidemiological study shows that three SSRI antidepressants do not increase suicide risk in 10- to 24-year-olds when given at the proper, recommended doses. Higher doses were associated with a 2.2-fold increase in suicide risk. No similar dose effect was seen in those age 25 to 64. read »
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