Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Common antidepressants cut adult suicide risk: study

From Reuters:
Common antidepressants suspected of raising suicide risk among children reduce the risk for adults, Italian scientists reported on Monday.

The findings that the drugs cut suicide risk by more than 40 percent among adults and over 50 percent for elderly people should reassure doctors, the researchers said.

But the study confirmed the drugs seriously raise the suicide risk for children, Corrado Barbui of the University of Verona and colleagues reported in the Canadian Medical Journal.

"Data from observational studies should reassure doctors that prescribing (the drugs) to patients with major depression is safe," they wrote. ...more

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