Depressed? Take antidepressants! Um, or not:
But despite selling in vast quantities, a new meta-analysis of these drugs, from data presented to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), appears to suggest that for most patients they do not work. A previous study had indicated that the benefits of antidepressants might be exaggerated.So maybe you should just read blogs instead.
They conclude that, “compared with placebo, the new-generation antidepressants do not produce clinically significant improvements in depression in patients who initially have moderate or even very severe depression”.
David Healy, a psychiatrist at Cardiff University, UK, specialising in the use of SSRI drugs, says the latest study confirms suspicions that the drugs’ effectiveness had been dramatically overstated.
“Most importantly this new study shows that the people who did respond to the drugs would have responded to placebo, anyway.”
Pointers to this fortnight’s blog carnivals: