A multi-organizational study has identified a potential of certain antidepressants to inhibit the spread of infections. The class of drug known as FIASMAs can target an enzyme in cells needed by pathogens to survive within their host's body.
Medicine June 2, 2019
The Royal College of Psychiatrists in UK has warned against prolonged use of antidepressants and the resulting withdrawal symptoms when coming off medication. It also recommended a range of actions to promote the optimal use and management of antidepressants.
Medicine May 30, 2019
Brexit might have caused an increase in antidepressant use in England. A study revealed that, while prescription of other drugs not involved in treating mental health problems declined, prescription of antidepressants experienced growth in the past years following the referendum.
Medicine November 22, 2018
Tianeptine is considered an effective antidepressant drug that can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, its toxicity and opioid-mimicking characteristics make it a potential public health risk.
Public Health August 4, 2018
Researchers have found that they may be a link between taking antidepressants and the health issues of weight gain and obesity. Some drugs were also found to be worse than others, leading to a higher risk of gaining weight.
Medicine May 26, 2018
Researchers identified the classes of drugs that carry high risk for dementia. These medications include those used for treating depression, urinary incontinence, and Parkinson’s disease.
Neuroscience April 27, 2018
A popular antidepressant drug is found to be among the least effective of the medicines used for treating depression. What were the best antidepressants based on efficacy and tolerability?
Medicine February 23, 2018
The largest study on the effectiveness of antidepressants has just been published, showing that they do work on treating major depressive disorders. However, depression remains a mystery.
Medicine February 22, 2018
The main psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms helps alleviate symptoms of depression. Unlike SSRI antidepressants, however, psilocybin does not cause emotional numbing but instead enhances emotional receptivity.
Neuroscience January 8, 2018
A meta-analysis suggests that partial sleep deprivation may help people who suffer from depression. Antidepressants are currently the popular treatment for people suffering from depressive symptoms.
Public Health September 20, 2017
The brains of multiple fish species in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario were found to have high concentrations of antidepressants. Waste water treatment plants currently do not test for traces of such drugs.
Earth/Environment September 2, 2017
The upcoming World Health Day is themed around depression and the importance of recognizing symptoms and offering support to people living with this mental health condition. As such, WHO promotes talking therapy and calls for bigger investments in depression treatments.
Public Health April 3, 2017
Researchers discovered that measuring C-reactive protein levels in finger prick blood tests can help doctors accurately prescribe more effective medication to patients diagnosed with depression.
Medicine April 3, 2017
Researchers at the University Of California San Diego School Of Medicine found that intake of Glyoxalase can help reduce depression faster. The experiment has been conducted on mice, but human trials may be far off for now.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 21, 2017
According to a new research letter, one in six adults in the United States used prescription drugs in 2013. The research, which only analyzed the span of a year, signals strong ethnic differences correlated with drug use.
Public Health December 13, 2016
Children born to mothers who took antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to develop language or speech disorders, reports a recent study. Maternal depression could also play a role in children’s language skills.
Neuroscience October 15, 2016
Researchers compared the short-term effects of alcohol with those of antidepressants and found that the biochemical pathways of both stimuli are the same. This means so are the behavioral effects and changes in attitude brought about by the two.
Neuroscience October 4, 2016
Contraceptive use has been found to increase the likelihood of antidepressants being prescribed to women, researchers say. It’s important to note side effects but experts urge women not to overreact.
October 1, 2016
Prescriptions for antidepressants in England doubled in just 10 years. Experts say it could partly be due to the increased awareness of mental illnesses and more people seeking medical help.
Medicine July 6, 2016
Most antidepressants do not help curb the symptoms of depression in kids and teens, a new study revealed. Certain antidepressants were linked to increased suicidal thoughts.
Medicine June 9, 2016
Doctors can now tailor the type of antidepressant treatment they prescribe their patients to produce better outcomes through the use of a newly developed blood test. This new diagnostic focuses on identifying inflammation markers in patients' blood.
Medicine June 8, 2016
Antidepressants are being used under off-label purposes such as treating conditions that are not depression-related. Researchers in Canada have determined the extent of off-label prescribing.
Medicine May 25, 2016
Researchers in Australia are urging doctors to prescribe other treatments for depression along with the use of antidepressants, especially for young patients. There is growing evidence that suggests these medications are not as effective as they were thought to be.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 18, 2016
Those supplements that have long been criticized may be helpful after all. A new study shows that fish oil supplements and other certain nutraceuticals may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants.
Healthy Living/Wellness April 28, 2016
Researchers in Finland found that antidepressant use in people with Alzheimer's disease was higher during the study period compared with that without AD. In the past, depression has been linked to increased risk of AD.
Life March 8, 2016
Popular antidepressant paroxetine can suppress inflammation and improve decision-making and reaction time in patients with HIV-related cognitive damage. A small, controlled trial tested the effects of paroxetine and yielded promising results that can lead to better treatments.
Life February 27, 2016
Taking antidepressants during pregnancy has long been feared to cause side effects. A University College London study, however, found that the medication does not significantly raise risks of pregnant women having babies born with heart defects.
Life January 29, 2016
Increased likelihood for aggression and suicidal tendencies was observed in young people prescribed with SNRIs and SSRIs to treat depression. Study results prompted experts to call for minimal use of antidepressants in children and teenagers.
Life January 28, 2016
A new compound called CGP3466B is nontoxic and non-addictive. It sheds light in the future development of a new drug to treat depression. They also found that it can also deliver anti-depressant effects to laboratory mice within just a few hours.
Life January 13, 2016
Use of antidepressants by expectant mothers may increase risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, a study suggest. Still, autism remains a rare condition even with the increased risk.
Life December 15, 2015
Unpublished scientific studies with unfavorable findings on psychotherapy and depression weigh down the results of those published in journals. Researchers of these studies often say their findings were not interesting enough.
Life October 1, 2015
Swiss scientists recently used a combination of tricyclic antidepressants and anticoagulants in mice with gliomas, which are aggressive brain tumors. The therapy caused cancer cells to eat themselves.
Life September 27, 2015
Researchers found links between the use of antidepressants in pregnancy and birth defects. They noted that risks are low but are not to be ignored. Doctors remind the importance of properly weighing the benefits of antidepressants in helping mothers against the risks they may have on babies.
Life July 10, 2015
An increase in rare birth defects have been seen in some babies whose mothers took certain antidepressants during pregnancy, although the risk still remained low, a study finds. No links were found between birth defects and Zoloft, by far the most commonly used antidepressant, researchers say.
Life July 9, 2015
An expert warns against the ill-effects of these drugs in the long run, claiming that the harm caused by antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs has been down played and the supposed benefits were exaggerated.
Life May 13, 2015
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is nearly as effective as antidepressants in treating chronic depression, researchers found, offering an option for those who want to avoid the side effects of taking medication.
Life April 21, 2015
A comparative study of roseroot and sertraline revealed that the herb has a lower-risk potential for treating depression.
Life March 28, 2015
Antidepressant use by pregnant mothers does not lead to increased risk of asthma in children, as long as the drugs are modern forms, a new study reveals.
Life March 9, 2015
Antidepressant therapy may be keeping those with serious depression from risks in cardiovascular health. Improved mood may bring improved heart health behaviors such as exercise, researchers suggest.
Life March 8, 2015
A single dose of an antidepressant changes the brain, a new study finds. The discovery could affect how patients suffering from depression are treated in the future.
Internet Culture September 19, 2014
FDA's warning about the risks of suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents taking antidepressants appeared to have backfired. The drop in antidepressant use in recent years correlated with an increase in suicide attempts among young people.
Life June 19, 2014
Patients who take the antidepressant drug Celexa are likely to gain more weight than those who take Wellbutrin and Sensoval. Use of antidepressant drugs is generally associated with minimal weight gain, researchers say.
Life June 6, 2014
Women who refuse to go on hormone therapy to ease their menopausal symptoms because of risks such as blood clotting and elevated risks for breast cancer may find relief in antidepressants.
Life June 1, 2014
Study finds possible association between antidepressant use during pregnancy and autism.
Life April 16, 2014