A study of older suicide victims by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York has found that very few of them - less than a quarter - were taking antidepressants at the time of their death. The study of 255 suicide victims who were all over 65 and who killed themselves between 2001 and 2004 found that only 23% of the sample had been taking antidepressants at the time of their death. Only 16.7% of those over 85 had been taking antidepressants ...
The mechanism underlying the therapeutic effect of antidepressants is not known but neuroadaptive processes akin to long-term potentiation have been postulated. Arc (Activity-regulated, cytoskeletal-associated protein) is an effector immediate early gene implicated in LTP and other forms of neuroplasticity. Recent data show that Arc expression is regulated by brain 5-hydroxytryptamine neurones, a target of many antidepressants. Here in situ hybridisation and immunohistochemistry were used to examine whether Arc expression in rat brain is altered by antidepressant drug treatment. Repeated administration of the monoamine reuptake inhibitors paroxetine, venlafaxine or desipramine induced region-specific increases in Arc mRNA. These increases were greatest in regions of the cortex (frontal and parietal cortex) and hippocampus (CA1 layer) and absent in the caudate putamen. Repeated treatment with the monoamine oxidase inhibitor, tranylcypromine, increased Arc mRNA in a similar fashion to the monoamine
This study suggested that living alone is associated with the prospective use of antidepressant medication in a nationally representative Finnish working-age sample. Those who lived alone had an 80% higher risk of initiating antidepressant use during the 7-year follow-up compared with participants who did not live alone. Socioeconomic adversity explained part of this relationship, especially in women. Psychosocial factors, including a lack of social support, were important explanatory factors in men. Health behaviors had only a marginal contribution to the association between living alone and antidepressant use among men and women, with the exception of heavy alcohol use in men. This is in agreement with a previous register-based study showing a strong link between living alone and alcohol-related mortality [36]. All the factors included in this study explained 46% of the associations, thus leaving the majority of the association between living alone and antidepressant use unexplained.. Our ...
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Antidepressant initiation was more frequent among persons with Alzheimers disease already 9 years before the diagnosis than among comparison persons not diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. This finding was somewhat surprising. It may be related to more frequent treatment of depressive symptoms because depression has been associated with an increased risk of Alzheimers disease in previous studies.. Antidepressant use was investigated in the Finnish nationwide MEDALZ study from 9 years before until 4 years after the diagnosis of Alzheimers disease. The difference in antidepressant initiations persisted during the entire follow-up period. During the 13-year follow-up period, 42% of persons with Alzheimers disease and 22% of persons not diagnosed with the disease initiated antidepressant use. The most commonly used antidepressant group was selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs, followed by mirtazapine.. The register-based study was based on 62,104 Finnish persons with Alzheimers ...
University of Adelaide researchers have found that women on antidepressant medication are more successful at breastfeeding their babies if they keep taking the medication, compared with women who quit antidepressants because of concerns about their babies health.. These results have been presented this week at the 18th Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) Annual Conference in Perth.. Using data from the Danish National Birth Cohort in Denmark, researchers in the University of Adelaides Robinson Research Institute studied the outcomes of 368 women who were on antidepressants prior to becoming pregnant.. "We found that two thirds of the women (67%) stopped taking their antidepressant medication either after becoming pregnant or during breastfeeding," says NHMRC Early Career Fellow Dr Luke Grzeskowiak from the Robinson Research Institute.. "A third of the women (33%) continued to take antidepressant medication throughout their pregnancy and while breastfeeding, and these women ...
The problem of interest. Depression is a common serious illness, with great personal suffering and a 10% or more risk of suicide. There are two kinds of depression, bipolar (depression alternating with mood swings) and unipolar (simple depression, or major depressive disorder). In both kinds of depression, antidepressants are commonly used. However, unlike unipolar depression, where a good deal of research supports this use, there is very little research on antidepressant use in bipolar disorder. Some studies support benefit with antidepressants for bipolar depression; i.e., if one is depressed, antidepressants can help a patient get better in the short-term. However, long-term studies are limited; the few available studies with older antidepressants did not demonstrate long-term preventive benefit. Some clinicians think new generation antidepressants (like Prozac and other serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are safer and more effective than the older antidepressants. Yet there are no rigorous ...
BACKGROUND: Conventional meta-analyses have shown inconsistent results for efficacy of second-generation antidepressants. We therefore did a multiple-treatments meta-analysis, which accounts for both direct and indirect comparisons, to assess the effects of 12 new-generation antidepressants on major depression. METHODS: We systematically reviewed 117 randomised controlled trials (25 928 participants) from 1991 up to Nov 30, 2007, which compared any of the following antidepressants at therapeutic dose range for the acute treatment of unipolar major depression in adults: bupropion, citalopram, duloxetine, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, milnacipran, mirtazapine, paroxetine, reboxetine, sertraline, and venlafaxine. The main outcomes were the proportion of patients who responded to or dropped out of the allocated treatment. Analysis was done on an intention-to-treat basis. FINDINGS: Mirtazapine, escitalopram, venlafaxine, and sertraline were significantly more efficacious than duloxetine (odds ratios
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New research published in the BMJ studies the association between antidepressant use during pregnancy and autism.. A roundup accompanied this analysis.. Title, Date of Publication & Journal. Antidepressants during pregnancy and autism in offspring: population based cohort study. Published: Wednesday 19 July. BMJ. Studys main claims - and are they supported by the data. The study claims there is a small association between antidepressant use in pregnancy and autism without intellectual disability. This claim is plausible given the evidence presented in the paper. The study finds no link between antidepressant use and autism with intellectual disability.. The study does not claim that antidepressant use causes autism, and there is no evidence in the paper to support such a claim.. Although the association is statistically robust, the number of children this affects is very small - around 1 in every 100 babies born to a mother on antidepressants. Additionally none of the excess cases of autism ...
While delayed onset of antidepressant action remains a shortcoming of current antidepressants, preliminary clinical data with newer antidepressants, including mirtazapine, show promise for a hastened onset. Several potential mechanisms have been postulated and investigated. Mirtazapine displays serotonin 5-HT2 and 5-HT3, receptor blocking properties, while its putative earlier onset of action is thought to be related to its 2-adrenoceptor lytic action (at 2-adrenergic autoreceptors and heteroreceptors), thereby modulating central serotonergic and noradrenergic neurotransmission. The current study investigated the role of 2-adrenoceptor antagonism for earlier onset of action in a rat model of depression. First of all, the treatment period necessary to produce antidepressant-like responses with fluoxetine (an antidepressant with a delayed onset of action) was established. Rats were treated for 3, 7, and 11 days with fluoxetine, whereafter the forced swim test (FST) was employed and ...
Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), both adult and pediatric, may experience worsening of their depression and/or the emergence of suicidal ideation and behavior (suicidality) or unusual changes in behavior, whether or not they are taking antidepressant medications, and this risk may persist until significant remission occurs. Suicide is a known risk of depression and certain other psychiatric disorders, and these disorders themselves are the strongest predictors of suicide. There has been a long-standing concern, however, that antidepressants may have a role in inducing worsening of depression and the emergence of suicidality in certain patients during the early phases of treatment. Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), both adult and pediatric, may experience worsening of their depression and/or the emergence of suicidal ideation and behavior (suicidality) or unusual changes in behavior, whether or not they are taking antidepressant medications, and this risk may persist ...
Psychiatrists most commonly prescribe antidepressants for bipolar depression, but mounting evidence shows that the traditional antidepressants that are effective in unipolar depression are not effective in bipolar disorder. At the 2013 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, researcher Jessica Lynn Warner reported that among 377 patients with Bipolar I Disorder who were discharged from a hospital, those who were prescribed an antidepressant at discharge were just as likely to be remitted for a new depression than those not given an antidepressant.. The average time to readmission also did not differ across the two groups and was 205 +/- 152 days. Those patients prescribed the serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) drug venlafaxine (Effexor) were three times more likely to be readmitted than those not prescribed antidepressants.. These naturalistic data (generated from observations of what doctors normally do and information in the hospitals clinical notes) resemble ...
Given that both clinical and preclinical studies suggest that BDNF may be involved in the therapeutic action of antidepressants, BDNF appears to be a good candidate gene for the pharmacogenetic study of antidepressants. In our 2003 study on 110 MDD outpatients, we examined the association between the BDNF Val66Met polymorphism and response to 4-week antidepressant (fluoxetine) treatment.17 A trend (p=0.086) to higher total HAM-D-score percentage change was noted for the Val/Met-heterozygote patients in comparison to those bearing the homozygote (Val/Val or Met/Met). While similar findings have been reported in some of the subsequent studies of this polymorphism and the antidepressant response23,24, other studies demonstrated a better response in subjects with the Met variant25-27 or they found no association at all (Table 1).28,29 The inconsistencies in these findings might be due to the small sample sizes used in some of the studies. They could also have arisen as the result of differences in ...
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most common psychiatric disorders and its origin has been attributed to dysfunction of the monoamine systems, particularly noradrenergic and serotonergic, making them the main targets of the majority of antidepressants currently available. However a number of unmet clinical needs remain, such as a delay of several weeks from the first treatment to manifest antidepressant effects, low remission rates and high rates of relapse and recurrence. Fast acting antidepressant activity and efficacy in treatment-resistant cases has been reported with drugs that inhibit the glutamate N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor. However, this pharmacological approach is problematic, as it leads to motor and psychotic side effects. Inhibitors of nitric oxide synthase (NOS), a downstream target of NMDA receptors, produce antidepressant effects in the Porsolt test of antidepressant activity in laboratory rodents, without the adverse effects associated with NMDA ...
I been on antidepressant for over a year was on prozac and was changed to welbutrin 3 months ago. Im worried about being on medication while pregnant. Does anyone take medication and had there baby wi...
From 1999 to 2012 the percentage of Americans on antidepressants increased from 6.8% to 13%, according to a report published this week by the Journal of th
Marina Picciotto - Depression is a debilitating illness that is highly prevalent in the United States and up to 50% of patients with major depression are non:responsive to current antidepressant medications. Based on our basic science studies of the role of acetylcholine in pathways underlying depression:like behavior in rodents, our laboratory has identified nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) as a key target for development of novel antidepressant medications. We have established collaborations with a chemist (Dr. Daniela Gundisch, University of Hawaii) who has synthesized a number of new nicotinic partial agonists that target specific subtypes of nAChRs. In collaboration with an electrophysiologist (Dr. Roger Papke, University of Florida) we have characterized the selectivity of these compounds and our lab has shown that they are effective in animal models of antidepressant:efficacy. As a proof of principle, we have shown that nicotinic agents already approved for use in human subjects ...
By contrast, the risk of antidepressant treatment is small. A 2004 review by the Food and Drug Administration, analyzing clinical trials of the drugs, did show an elevated risk of suicidal thinking and nonlethal suicide attempts in young people taking antidepressants - 3.5 percent, compared with 1.7 percent of those taking a placebo. But since the lifetime risk of actual suicide in depressed people ranges from 2.2 to 12 percent, risk from treatment is dwarfed by the risks of the disease itself ...
Knowledge of how different antidepressants are likely to affect parameters of sleep can provide an important basis for selecting an appropriate antidepressant drug among the roughly 2 dozen marketed options to meet the needs of depressed patients. 1
Date Created: about 1998. Preface to old edition. Most of the SNRIs that have been on the market have failed to show antidepressant effect in most trials. This drug is a reminder of that, it was initially developed as an antidepressant before those failed trials and its subsequent resurrection as an anti-obesity drug. It was removed from the market for reasons that were probably somewhat spurious.. Another example is duloxetine which was developed around the same time, failed as an antidepressant, was shelved, was resurrected as incontinence prevention drug, and then eventually recycled successfully as an antidepressant!. Milnacipran was developed by a small French company (in the 1980s I think) and never gained acceptance as an effective antidepressant anywhere else, I do not know what trials were done unsuccessfully, one never does, and it was only after a company takeover that the levo-isomer was successfully marketed in the USA in 2013 as Fetzima. I do not know what kind of strange image ...
By Melania Zaharopoulos. The prescription drug market is awash in medications marketed for the treatment of depression with what could be as many as 30 common prescriptions on the market today, said Dr. Shan Crockett, a Santa Cruz psychiatrist who assists with a Hollister-based geriatric mental health program two days per week.. And while a wide variety of options are available, selecting the right prescription for each patient is a balancing act that takes into account symptoms, state of mind and family history before signing off a prescription.. œSome depressions are really agitated and some are really slow,? said Crockett. œWe would think about that, about whether there was a sleep problem involved or whether there were other things going on.. œWhen folks are very depressed, they still want to have sex. They come in and say, ˜Is this going to affect my drive?™ The other thing is ease of administration. Is it once a day? Three times a day? Do you go up in dosage once or is it a long ...
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The duration of untreated illness has been considered a likely predictor of the course of psychotic disorders. However, there is only sparse data concerning the influence of treatment delay on the outcome of mood disorders. The present study aimed to assess the effect of prolonged untreated depression on the outcome of antidepressant treatment ...
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After the risk disclosure and boxed warning by the FDA were released in 2003 and 2004, there was substantial media coverage on the dangers of antidepressants in youth and anecdotal cases of antidepressant-related suicides in children.9 Several studies found major reductions in the diagnosis of depression and prescription of antidepressants to children, adolescents, and adults.11-14 Libby et al14 reported that, among primary care providers, there was a 44% decrease in the diagnosis rate of depression in children and adolescents younger than 18 years, a 37% decrease in young adults, and a 29% decrease in adults after the boxed warning was released. Prescription of antidepressants decreased, while the use of treatment alternatives such as anxiolytics, atypical antipsychotics, and child psychotherapy did not change considerably. According to Gibbons et al,15 rates of antidepressant prescriptions for children decreased by 20% after the warnings were released in 2003 and 2004. These findings ...
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a chronic condition that affects one in six adults in the US during their lifetime. The current practice of antidepressant medication prescription is a trial-and-error process. Additionally, over a third of patients with MDD fail to respond to two or more antidepressant treatments. There are no valid clinical markers to personalize currently available antidepressant medications, all of which have similar mechanisms targeting monoamine neurotransmission. The goal of this review is to summarize the recent findings of immune dysfunction in patients with MDD, the utility of inflammatory markers to personalize treatment selection, and the potential of targeting inflammation to develop novel antidepressant treatments ...
SSRIs include: Celexa; Prozac; Paxil; Zoloft; Lexapro; Luvox. Here are quotes from other Psychiatric News articles about SSRI use and bleeding...
Autism and the number of women taking antidepressant during pregnancy have increased. Is there a link between autism and maternal antidepressant use?
... are medications that help people to cope with depressive states. They appeared in late 50s of the last century and up to date remain the main remedy to fight depression.. In addition to treatment of depression, common antidepressants can be used for the treatment of other mental disorders. For instance, anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, agoraphobia and social phobia.. Today, people can buy common antidepressants without prescription at any pharmacy. These drugs help to eliminate the anxiety, depression and normalize sleep. Such medical agents affect the serotonin and norepinephrine metabolism in the brain and stimulate the human psyche.. Lately, depression has become a common disorder among teenagers. The cases of mild depression in teens are cured with herbal antidepressants. Effective herbal common antidepressants for teenagers are widely available in large quantities at pharmacies.. Such drugs can effectively cope with anxious and depressive states, ...
Taking antidepressants may raise the risk of heart disease in men by producing a thickening of artery walls, researchers said Saturday. Although a potential mechanism for the action is not obvious,
SSRIs are not as effective for pain relief as SNRIs.. Even though the antidepressants may help diminish pain, their side effects can be unacceptable. A recent review found that although approximately 1/3 of patients who took antidepressants for neuropathic pain experienced moderate pain relief or better, 1/5 discontinued use due to adverse side effects.[1]. Common side effects of antidepressants are nausea, dizziness, insomnia, weight gain/loss, dry mouth and diminished interest in sex (decreased libido). If youre not having reasonable pain relief with one of these medications, it should not be continued.. ...
Depression, or more accurately, un-repaired emotional short-circuiting, can absolutely devastate your health and life. However, using antidepressants as the primary (or only) treatment option is simply not advisable, especially if the one suffering from depression is a child or teenager. Whereas severe depression can indeed progress to suicide if left untreated, antidepressant drugs have been shown to CAUSE both suicidal and homicidal thoughts and behaviors. As mentioned in the featured report, at least 11 tragic school shootings were done by children who were either on antidepressants, or going through withdrawal…. I believe this is an enormous price to pay for what amounts to highly questionable benefits.. Studies have found that up to 75 percent of the benefits of antidepressants could be duplicated by a placebo. So not only do these drugs not work as advertised, but the evidence is quite clear that most of these drugs do in fact increase your risk of suicide and violence. Since depression ...
We observed increased risks for psychiatric disorders among children of mothers who used antidepressants before and/or during pregnancy, compared with mothers with no record of antidepressant use. Furthermore, we observed an increased risk of psychiatric disorders in children whose mothers continued antidepressant use during pregnancy, compared with mothers who discontinued. These associations could be attributable to the severity of the underlying maternal disorders in combination with in utero antidepressant exposure.5. We found that children whose mothers discontinued antidepressant use also had an increased risk of psychiatric disorders. This association is most likely driven by the underlying maternal psychiatric disorders, which may be transmitted to offspring via shared genetic susceptibility, environmental stress, and/or parenting practices.383940 We did observe an increased risk of psychiatric disorders among children exposed to antidepressants in utero. We speculated that this ...
The development of a novel antidepressant ground to a halt this week when researchers found it did not make patients feel any better than the pills they were already taking.
Long-term use of antidepressants could be linked to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers from University College London studied more than 150,000 Finnish adults over an average of five years. 1.1% of the participants who were not using antidepressants were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during the course of the study compared to 1.7% of people who had taken between 200-400 daily doses of an antidepressant and 2.3% among those who had taken 400 or more daily doses. This could be because people taking the antidepressants have the poor health and lifestyle that often go hand-in-hand with type 2 diabetes. However, when the researchers looked at the participants who were suffering from severe depression those taking antidepressants were two-three times more likely than non users to be diagnosed with diabetes, even when taking into account the effects of long-term health conditions, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer ...
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HealthDay News) -- Children whose mothers took antidepressants during pregnancy may be at increased risk for psychiatric disorders themselves, a new study suggests.. Researchers reviewed data from more than 905,000 children born in Denmark between 1998 and 2012. The childrens health was followed for up to 16.5 years. During the follow-up period, 32,400 of the children were diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder.. The 15-year risk of psychiatric disorders was 8 percent among children whose mothers didnt take antidepressants during pregnancy. The risk was 11.5 percent among those whose mothers took antidepressants before pregnancy. And the risk was up to 14.5 percent among those whose mothers took antidepressants before and during pregnancy or who began taking antidepressants during pregnancy.. But the researchers said their findings have to be interpreted with caution.. Due to the studys design, the researchers did not prove a cause-and-effect link.. This was an observational study, so the ...
BACKGROUND: Many patients with unipolar depression experience a return of depressive symptoms while taking a constant maintenance dose of an antidepressant. METHOD: All cited studies were found using computerized literature searches of the MEDLINE database since 1966. RESULTS: The return of depressive symptoms during maintenance antidepressant treatment has occurred in 9% to 57% of patients in published trials. Possible explanations include loss of placebo effect, pharmacologic tolerance, increase in disease severity, change in disease pathogenesis, the accumulation of a detrimental metabolite, unrecognized rapid cycling, and prophylactic inefficacy. CONCLUSION: Although several strategies have been proposed to overcome the loss of antidepressant efficacy, double-blind controlled studies are needed to ascertain the optimal strategy for this perplexing clinical problem.
ANTIDEPRESSANT-INDUCED VIOLENCE LEADING US TO GUN CONTROL. ANTIDEPRESSANTS??? Although we have not yet learned what school shooter Adam Lanza was taking we do know he had a diagnosis of Aspergers for which antidepressants are prescribed as a standard treatment by the large majority of physicians. (If you will recall the young man who was involved in the violence with a bow & arrow that left three dead in Casper, WY the week before had also been diagnosed with Aspergers meaning it was also likely he too was taking antidepressants or recently had taken them because this can happen in withdrawal from the drugs if withdrawn too rapidly.) And I stated when this Portland mall shooting happened a week or so ago that this case clearly appeared to be antidepressant-induced as well. But when you consider the outcome in this case as opposed to the shooting at the school last Friday you can see why it is not being mentioned by those wanting to point their fingers at more gun control. There would have been ...
US Food and Drug Administration study seems to confirm suspicions that antidepressant drugs may increase the risk of suicidal behavior in children and teens. Study re-examined nine different antidepressants, finding that young people were more likely to harm themselves on these drugs than on placebos. [3:39 streaming audio broadcast] (August 20, 2004) ...
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What Ive been saying this whole year. SSRIs can push you into mania, as well as cause people with bipolar d/o to be more unstable, having more mixed phases. My bipolar d/o was unmasked as a result of being put on antidepressants. What if I had not been out on antidepressants, what Id been put…
Sexual side effects, like erectile dysfunction, are common complaints of taking antidepressants. Most prescription antidepressants are part of a drug family called SSRIs that work by increasing serotonin levels but that can also lower your libido. Find out what you can do to manage antidepressant sexual side effects.
How antidepressants relieve pain isnt completely understood. It is thought that antidepressants increase the number of neurotransmitters that reduce pain signals. Pain relief, however, isnt necessarily immediate and may take weeks to begin. One-third of patients diagnosed with neuropathic pain report moderate (or better) relief of pain with the use of antidepressants.
Its important to keep the risks associated with antidepressant use in pregnancy in perspective. All pregnant women have an average 3% risk of having a baby with any type of birth defect in most cases. When researchers say antidepressants may increase the risk of certain birth defects, they are talking about just a slight increase. For example, one study showed that antidepressants increased the risk that the baby would be born with PPHN by 1%. So, even if you take an antidepressant during pregnancy, the overall risk of your baby having a problem is still very low. Other studies showed different levels of risk associated with antidepressants and PPHN, and 1% is on the high end. So the risk may be even lower. ...
Figure 2: http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/63/3/332. Different perspectives often provide insight that is not easily seen by researchers. Sharp and Hellings, two practitioners, analyzed both published and unpublished studies regarding this relationship between suicidality and anti-depressant medication. Using various data sources, they found that the SSRIs were safe and efficient in treating depression. Again, the FDA studies, among others, were used in this analysis. The practitioners analyzed the methods used in the previous reports and found them to be valid. They sought to answer the question of what practitioners are to do with this available data. Anti-depressants work in treating major depressive disorder and therefore, cannot be taken off the market without a solid relationship established between suicidality and these medicines. These two conclude that psychiatrists and care-givers should be aware of the risks and watch out for relevant warning signs (Sharp & Hellings, ...