Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Most people don't stay the course with antidepressants
Most people who take antidepressants give them up before they are supposed to. Researchers from the Catalan Institute of Health studied 7,525 people who were starting antidepressant treatment. They found that 56% stopped taking their medication during the first four months and only 25% continued their treatment for more than 11 months. Only 22% of the sample completed their treatment although women were more likely to carry on taking the pills than men and those who took more than one kind of medication stuck with their pills better than those who just took antidepressants. Doctors recommend taking antidepressants for at least six months.