Adverse health outcomes associated with long-term use of antidepressants
Long-term use of antidepressants may double the risk of heart disease, according to the most comprehensive epidemiological study to date examining the health effects of antidepressant use over a decade, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry Open. University-led study analyzed data from more than 200,000 people. Antidepressants are among the most widely prescribed medications […]
Stress reduction is as effective as antidepressants in treating anxiety disorders.
A mindfulness-based stress reduction program was as effective as the use of the gold standard drug, the commonly used antidepressant escitalopram, for patients with anxiety disorders, according to the results of the first randomized clinical trial led by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center. The results of this study were published in JAMA Psychiatry on […]
Why so many Australians taking antidepressants?
Approximately one in seven Australians are taking antidepressants, and more than 3.5 million people will be prescribed antidepressants in 2021-22. This is one of the highest rates of antidepressant prescribing in the world. Guidelines recommend antidepressants to treat more severe depression and anxiety, but not as first-line treatment for less severe depression. Antidepressants are less […]
Women have a harder time adjusting to divorce and separation than men do
Women may have a harder time psychologically adjusting to divorce and bereavement than men, as evidenced by data on antidepressant use, according to a large long-term study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Both men and women were more likely to use antidepressants immediately before and after divorce, separation and bereavement, […]
Benefits of Yoga for Stress and Anxiety Relief
Yoga is a timeless practice that has been practiced for centuries and is a wonderful way to reduce stress and anxiety. Through yoga, we can connect with our physical, mental, and spiritual selves and benefit from its ability to bring clarity and balance to our lives. Whether you are a beginner or seeking to deepen […]
Pain Management with Multiple Duloxetine Combinations to Reduce Opioid Use After Knee Replacement Surgery
A study conducted by researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) found that adding the antidepressant duloxetine to a multidrug pain management regimen after knee replacement surgery reduces the use of opioid medications. The study was published in The Journal of Arthroplasty. Duloxetine, sold under the trade name Cymbalta, is prescribed to treat major […]
Withdrawal from antidepressants can cause emotional and social difficulties along with physical withdrawal symptoms.
Coming off antidepressants is known to cause physical symptoms such as restlessness, fatigue, and excessive sweating, new research suggests that people may also experience emotional and social difficulties and changes in thinking patterns when they stop taking antidepressants such as Cymbalta. This is especially true if the medication is abruptly stopped rather than ‘tapered off’ […]
Research suggests that the inexpensive antidepressant Fluvoxamine may be useful in treating COVID-19
In a study looking for existing drugs that could be used to treat coronaviruses, an inexpensive antidepressant reduced the need for hospitalization in adults at high risk for COVID-19. Researchers tested a pill used to treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The reason is that this drug is known to reduce inflammation and has shown good […]
Lexapro vs Cymbalta: Which is better for treating depression?
The medications Cymbalta and Lexapro are widely used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Depression is manifested by at least two weeks of sadness, low energy, loss of interest in daily activities, and other symptoms; according to the ADAA, as many as 6.7% of U.S. adults had at least one […]
The Efficacy and Side Effects of Antidepressants in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Antidepressants in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder What is the efficacy of antidepressants in treating major depressive disorder? Antidepressants are common prescription medications used to treat major depressive disorder and other conditions. Antidepressants have been shown to be effective in treating depressive symptoms and may be more effective than other medications in some individuals. […]