- Cost of medication
- Insurance coverage for medication costs:
- How to Safely Take Antidepressants
- Path to improved health
- How will my doctor choose an antidepressant for me?
- Are antidepressants similar to tranquilizers or “uppers”? Can I get addicted to them?
- How will I know if my antidepressant is working?
- How long will I take the antidepressant?
- Can I drink alcohol when I’m taking an antidepressant?
- Will antidepressants affect my other medicines?
- Are antidepressants safe for children and teens?
- Are antidepressants safe for any woman who has depression?
- Things to consider
- Do antidepressants cause side effects?
- What are some of the common side effects of antidepressants?
- What if the side effects don’t go away?
- What is antidepressant discontinuation syndrome?
- Which antidepressants can cause this problem?
- What can I do if I have antidepressant discontinuation syndrome?
- How do I keep this from happening again?
- Questions to ask your doctor
- How Long Will I Have to Take Antidepressants?
- The Real Monthly Cost of Depression
- Susan Hyatt, 56, Corporate Social Responsibility Advisor
- Additional Monthly Treatments: $420-$470
- Monthly Medication: $0 currently (previously up to $100)
- Maggie White, 34, Stay-At-Home Mom
- Additional Monthly Treatments: $500-$1,000
- Lisa Keith, PsyD, Assistant Professor of Special Education
- Additional Monthly Treatments: $105
Cost of medication
Insurance coverage for medication costs:
Brand name and generic drugs: Brand name drugs are produced by the company that developed that drug and are generally more costly.
- Once a drug has been available for a number of years, it may be sold by a generic brand company.
- Generic brands have the same composition for the active ingredient but may have different components for other ingredients (like colouring or binding agents).
- Generic brands are generally less costly.
- If you are concerned about the medicine having a different colour or appearance discuss this with your pharmacist or doctor.
- Some insurance plans will cover only the cost of the generic drug if one is available. Some plans will pay for the brand name drug if you have a form completed by your doctor.
The provincial drug plan and private insurance plans may cover part or all of your medication costs.
- All Canadian provinces and territories have public plans that cover some of the costs of medicines for qualified persons.
- You have to make an application to be included in the plan. Your pharmacy will have information about this.
- Provincial and private plans usually have a deductible that you must pay before your coverage starts. Some plans have a maximum dispensing fee that they will cover. You pay the remainder.
- Most medicines are covered by insurance, but newer medicines may not be.
- Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to tell you if a medicine is covered by your insurance plan. You can also check with the insurance plan.
- Insurance plans can be complicated. Most plans have a phone number you can call for more information.
Supplemental health insurance: Many families have coverage for medicines through supplementary health insurance plans offered through work or school.
- Many plans require you to pay a portion of the total prescription cost or a set deductible amount.
- Dependents and unmarried young adults may be covered by a parent’s plan until age 21 or until age 25 if they are full-time students.
- Some plans only cover the generic form of a drug if a generic is available.
- Some newer medicines may not be covered.
- Coverage differs from plan to plan. It is wise to check the plan brochure or the information on the plan’s website to find the details. You may also phone for more information.
Health care spending accounts: Some employers provide these accounts, which cover a range of health services, including medication costs not covered by other insurance. If you have a plan, check what is covered and the amount.
First Nations plans: A Health Canada plan covers prescription drug expenses for First Nations people that are not covered by other plans. The plan covers the best priced alternative for prescription drugs. Most drugs are covered – a pharmacist or doctor will have information about what drugs are covered.
We also learned that more widespread, effective treatment outreach in many instances was often stymied by a combination of enduring stigmatization of mental illness, lack of realization among depressed people that they needed care, a belief that treatment would not work in their particular circumstances, or impatience with the slow pace of symptom relief following initial treatment.
In 2015, with our newest study (which received no outside funding), we have documented a rising societal burden of depression, primarily due to a combination of U.S. population growth, an increasing disease prevalence rate and higher treatment costs per patient.
Looking back after several decades, we now have a much better understanding of the economics of depression in terms of the scale, scope and mix of attendant costs, as well as the quality of care provided to patients. To the extent that we can succeed over time in raising treatment rates–especially in increasing the percentage of depressed people who receive truly high-quality treatment–we would expect a constructive shift away from direct and indirect costs of related illnesses and toward costs of depression itself.
With better data on direct and indirect costs, as well as treatment choices and their corresponding consequences from both a health care utilization and an employment perspective, we hope to shed new light on the importance of different levers available to reduce the economic burden of this disease. Such insight will enable the health care system to better direct resources and improve the lives of those living with depression.
How to Safely Take Antidepressants
If you have depression, your doctor may prescribe medicine to treat it. This medicine is called an antidepressant. There are many types of antidepressants. Finding the one that is right for you can take time. It is important to work with your doctor to find the one that works best for you.
Path to improved health
How will my doctor choose an antidepressant for me?
Your doctor will probably think about the following 10 points when choosing an antidepressant medicine for you:
- If you were depressed before and a certain antidepressant worked well, that antidepressant might be the right choice of medicine for you again.
- If any of your brothers or sisters, parents, uncles, or aunts had depression and a certain antidepressant worked well for them, that medicine might work for you, too.
- The choice of an antidepressant depends on your health. A certain antidepressant may have a bad effect on a health problem you have. That medicine wouldn’t be the right choice for you.
- Antidepressants can have side effects. The right medicine for you may be the one that gives you the fewest side effects.
- The choice of an antidepressant depends on how often you have to take it. The less often you have to take the medicine, the easier it is for you to take all the doses you need to treat your depression.
- Some antidepressants cost more than others. Your doctor will choose an antidepressant that works for you and that you can afford.
- Your doctor will want to choose a medicine he or she has experience prescribing.
- Your doctor will choose an antidepressant that will help you with symptoms like sleeplessness, anxiety, and lack of energy.
- If you’re taking other medicines, your doctor will consider how an antidepressant will work with these other medicines.
- Some antidepressants don’t work well with certain foods. If your doctor gives you one of these antidepressants, he or she will let you know which foods you should stop eating.
Are antidepressants similar to tranquilizers or “uppers”? Can I get addicted to them?
No. These medicines aren’t tranquilizers. They don’t give you a “high.” They aren’t addictive.
How will I know if my antidepressant is working?
You will be able to sleep better. You’ll be better able to meet your day-to-day obligations and take care of yourself. You will have more energy. Your appetite will be closer to normal. You will have an increased desire to engage in life. You and your family and friends will notice these changes. Be patient, though. It may take some time to get back to the way you felt before the depression.
How long will I take the antidepressant?
Antidepressants are usually taken every day. It can take up to a month to see the full results of taking an antidepressant. You may need to try different kinds or amounts (dosages) to find the antidepressant that works best for you. Your doctor will let you know how long to take your antidepressant. If this is the first time you have been treated for depression, you will probably continue to take this medicine for about 6 months after you begin to feel better. If this is the second time you’ve been depressed, you might keep taking the medicine for at least a year. Depression that comes back a third time may require you to continue taking an antidepressant for a long time.
You can get unwanted side effects if you stop taking your antidepressant suddenly. If you want to stop taking your medicine, talk to your doctor first. Your doctor can help you avoid any side effects from stopping the medicine too quickly.
Can I drink alcohol when I’m taking an antidepressant?
You should be careful about drinking alcohol until you know how the medicine affects you. The effects of alcohol can combine with the effects of the antidepressant and cause problems. Regular heavy drinking can make it harder to treat the depression. Certain kinds of medicine can lead to seizures for heavy drinkers. Talk to your doctor about drinking while taking an antidepressant.
Will antidepressants affect my other medicines?
Antidepressants can have an effect on many other medicines. If you’re going to take an antidepressant, tell your doctor about all the other medicines you take, including over-the-counter medicines and herbal health products (such as St. John’s wort). Ask your doctor and pharmacist if any of your regular medicines can cause problems when combined with an antidepressant.
Are antidepressants safe for children and teens?
In some cases, the use of antidepressants has been linked to an increase in suicidal thoughts and suicidal behavior in children, teens, and young adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires antidepressants to carry a warning about the risk of suicide in children, teens, and young adults 24 years of age or younger. However, this doesn’t mean that people in this age group should not take antidepressants. It does mean that they should be carefully monitored by their doctors and loved ones while they are taking an antidepressant.
Many doctors will want to see a child or teen sometime in the first few weeks after starting an antidepressant to assess any risk for suicide. If you are worried that your child may be suicidal, call your doctor right away or take your child to the nearest emergency room.
Are antidepressants safe for any woman who has depression?
If you’re planning to get pregnant, talk to your doctor about your medicines before you try to get pregnant. If you accidentally get pregnant while taking an antidepressant, tell your doctor right away. Your doctor will know if your particular antidepressant is safe to take.
All medicine you take passes into your breast milk. If you are planning to breastfeed or you currently breastfeed, talk to your doctor about your medicine.
In most cases, it’s okay to take birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy (also called HRT) at the same time as depression medicines. Taking hormones may even help some depressed women feel better. However, if your birth control pills seem to be causing symptoms of depression, discuss this with your doctor. He or she may suggest you use another method to prevent pregnancy for several months in order to find out if your birth control pills are causing depression.
Things to consider
Do antidepressants cause side effects?
Yes. All antidepressants have some side effects. However, not all people taking antidepressants get these side effects. Most of the side effects happen in the early weeks of therapy and lessen over time.
What are some of the common side effects of antidepressants?
Different antidepressants can cause different side effects. Possible side effects may include the following:
- bladder problems
- blurred vision
- dizziness when standing up
- dry mouth
- excessive tiredness
- feeling of weakness
- hand tremors
- increased heart rate
- increased sleepiness
- muscle twitching
- sexual dysfunction (inability to ejaculate or to have an orgasm)
- weight gain.
What if the side effects don’t go away?
Talk to your doctor. He or she may change your dosage, or you might try another medicine to get rid of the side effects.
What is antidepressant discontinuation syndrome?
Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome can occur if you suddenly stop taking your antidepressant medicine. Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome is not dangerous or life threatening and usually goes away within 1 week.
The symptoms include:
- feelings of sadness
- nausea and vomiting
Which antidepressants can cause this problem?
You are more likely to have a problem if you stop taking certain antidepressants, such as paroxetine and sertraline, but you can get symptoms from stopping any antidepressant medicine.
What can I do if I have antidepressant discontinuation syndrome?
If you accidentally missed a dose of your antidepressant medicine, start taking it again as soon as possible. If you are out of medicine, call your doctor so he or she can refill your prescription.
If you decided to stop taking your antidepressant medicine on your own, talk to your doctor about why you stopped. For example, was the medicine causing an unpleasant side effect? Your doctor can help by altering your dosage or suggesting another type of antidepressant.
If your doctor recommended that you take a lower dosage of your medicine and you are experiencing symptoms of antidepressant discontinuation syndrome, talk with your doctor. You may need to take a higher dosage for a period of time before weaning your body from the medicine completely.
How do I keep this from happening again?
Take your medicine exactly as your doctor tells you. If you want to stop taking your medicine, talk to your doctor first. Just because you are unable to stop taking your medicine all at once does not mean that you are addicted. Your body often needs time to adjust to lower levels of the medicine. This is why your doctor may recommend tapering off of antidepressant medicine rather than abruptly stopping it.
Questions to ask your doctor
- How can I know if I have depression?
- Are there ways to treat depression that don’t involve medicine?
- If I am depressed, should I also be talking to a mental health professional?
- Are there coupons I can use to help lower the cost of antidepressants?
- How long will it take to get the dosage right for my medication?
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National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus: Antidepressants
How Long Will I Have to Take Antidepressants?
In order to be effective and prevent depression from recurring, antidepressant medicines are generally prescribed for six month to one year for people who are being treated for first-time depression. Usually, these drugs must be taken regularly for at least one to two months before their full benefit takes effect. You are usually monitored closely during this time to detect the development of side effects and to determine the effectiveness of treatment.
When you and your doctor determine that you are better and have remained well without a relapse for at least several months, your doctor may gradually taper you off your medicines. Once you and your doctor have determined it is safe for you to stop taking your medicine altogether, you should continue to be monitored during periodic follow-up appointments (about every three months) to detect any signs of depression recurrence.
You should never discontinue any medication without talking to your doctor about it first. Most antidepressants are gradually tapered off when a decision is made to stop them. If you abruptly stop taking some antidepressants, you could develop physical symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, headache, flu-like symptoms, or stomach upset (called a “discontinuation syndrome”). While symptoms from abrupt discontinuation generally pose no medical hazard, they can be uncomfortable and resolve once a medicine has been restarted.
Long-term treatment with depression medicine may be recommended to prevent further episodes of depression in people who have already suffered from two or more episodes of major depression.
The Real Monthly Cost of Depression
“You cannot put a price on sound mental health,” says Maggie White.
With an illness like depression, the cost of treatment often adds up to more than the price of medication alone. Untreated or undertreated depression can break the bank in the form of lost work, lost productivity, and hospital stays.
In fact, depression is estimated to have cost the U.S. economy more than $210 billion in 2010 (including the cost of comorbid, or simultaneously existing, conditions), according to a study published in 2015 in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. “The key to managing the cost of depression is managing depression itself,” says health economist Adam Powell, PhD, president of Payer+Provider, a Boston-based consulting firm that works with insurance companies and healthcare providers. “The direct cost American society spends on treating depression is far smaller than the indirect costs spent on its consequences.”
And the personal costs of effectively managing depression can add up, too. In addition to medication, many people with depression pay for therapy, top quality foods, gym memberships, yoga or mindfulness meditation classes, supplements, educational materials, or other goods and services that they feel help them manage the condition.
Here we share what six people with depression spend on the condition — including which costs they must absorb on their own — and how they cut corners to make ends meet.
Susan Hyatt, 56, Corporate Social Responsibility Advisor
Additional Monthly Treatments: $420-$470
Much of what business consultant Susan Hyatt of Denver pays to manage her depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) relates to keeping herself productive. And if her strategies to stay productive aren’t effective, she loses income and can’t pay for the things that help her feel and stay better. In addition to her medication — about $70 a month out-of-pocket for Wellbutrin (bupropion) and Oleptro (trazodone) — Hyatt spends about $100 to $150 on supplements and herbs each month, and a little more than $300 for exercise and other lifestyle activities that help keep her motivated to work.
For example, Hyatt, who founded the consulting company Big Purpose Big Impact, walks to Starbucks or another nearby coffee shop every day to work; her tab adds up to $4 to $8 a day. “The noise forces me to have to really concentrate to get anything done, and it works,” Hyatt says. “Once I go home, I can easily slide back into not being very motivated.”
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Too little motivation becomes costly for an entrepreneur. Hyatt’s depression has caused her to miss phone calls about potential work or speaking opportunities on days when she avoids answering her phone. And as she finishes up her long-term contracts, she often finds it exhausting to apply for new ones, costing her potential income. That means she also can’t currently afford massage, acupuncture, and therapy — all of which have helped her manage her illness in the past. “Friends or family who haven’t had issues with depression or SAD may be sympathetic,” she says, “but they often can’t really get their minds around the fact that depression can be debilitating.”
Her best tip: When her Wellbutrin dosage was increased from 300 milligrams (mg) to 450 mg a day, her doctor originally prescribed three 150 mg tablets. But getting one 300 mg bottle and one 150 mg bottle saved her about $35 a month. If your doctor can similarly prescribe a specific dosage that is cheaper, the savings can add up.
Monthly Medication: $0 currently (previously up to $100)
Kathryn Goetzke, who lives in San Francisco, can easily tick off the ways her depression has cost her: lost productivity, strained relationships, bad decisions, a poorly functioning immune system, and an inability to maintain boundaries. It’s also led to unhealthy habits, such as smoking, alcohol use, and overeating. But after dealing with all these ramifications of the illness, she’s now found that exercise and a healthy diet help her the most in dealing with the condition.
She avoids sugar, eats organic food, makes smoothies, and spends $75 a month on a gym membership, plus another $75 on exercise classes such as Spinning. Not included in her monthly costs is the $600 she paid for a Fisher Wallace Stimulator, an FDA-cleared wearable device that treats anxiety and depression by sending slight electrical pulses to the brain through two nodes that are attached to the temples; Goetzke uses the Stimulator twice a day.
The $150 a month she spends on supplements goes toward 5-HTP, omega-3s, vitamin D, GABA, Dr. Amen’s Serotonin Mood Support, and green powder — a supplement mixture of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, prebiotics, and other ingredients, depending on the manufacturer.
When Goetzke, who is also founder of the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred), goes to therapy, it costs about $400 a month.
She emphasizes that depression is treatable, but many people require treatment beyond medication: Therapy is essential, she believes. And while Goetzke no longer needs medication, she would sacrifice anything for it when she did. “There is nothing more important than mental health,” Goetzke says. “I lost my dad to suicide and never want to follow in his footsteps.”
Her best tip: Goetzke has made a lot of changes to cut corners: she finds therapists covered by insurance, does workouts outside instead of taking extra gym classes, borrows books from the library, and quit drinking and smoking. But her biggest tip is to avoid making big decisions while you’re depressed.
“Give it a month to be sure it’s the right decision,” she says. “That’s really helped me avoid making expensive decisions that were more the depression talking than me.”
Maggie White, 34, Stay-At-Home Mom
Additional Monthly Treatments: $500-$1,000
Although Maggie White, of Downers Grove, Illinois, spends $80 for Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and $90 for Klonopin (clonazepam) each month, her other costs vary greatly depending on the month. She cares for five young children at home and needs to “keep as mentally healthy as possible” since her husband travels frequently, and her mental health affects her family, too.
Her therapy adds up to about $50 a month, and the $40 she spends on essential oils is worthwhile because the aromatherapy helps her feel better. When she can afford gym or yoga classes, they’re about $15 each, but most of her additional costs include organic foods and the $175 per month she spends on a range of supplements: vitamin D3, B-complex, B-12, magnesium/calcium, chromium, 80-billion live probiotics, flaxseed oil, potassium, zinc, and vitamin C.
“You cannot put a price on sound mental health,” White says. “If you’re walking around in that black, haunting fog so many of us know, there is no quality of life, no hope, no way to make healthy decisions, or even to know how to surround yourself with healthy people.”
Her best tip: With five kids, planning ahead and trimming the fat are the secrets to White’s household money management. Clothes are hand-me-downs or come from The Salvation Army; for food, she plans meals two weeks out and purchases only the exact groceries needed. Not only does the family skip restaurants, movies, and vacations, but they also don’t have cable TV or personal electronic devices. Instead, they watch old VHS tapes.
Lisa Keith, PsyD, Assistant Professor of Special Education
Additional Monthly Treatments: $105
For Dr. Lisa Keith, of Fresno, California, health insurance helps tremendously with medication costs. The $80 she spends monthly on Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Abilify (aripiprazole) would cost closer to $1,000 per month if not for her insurance. In addition to the $30 she spends each month for a gym membership, $25 in co-pays for her psychiatrist, and $50 for multivitamins, iron, calcium and a few other vitamins, the Fresno Pacific University professor invested $150 in a blue light for light therapy.
“I have it good because I work full-time and have benefits,” Keith says, but those without insurance for medications are less fortunate. “I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars over the years on medications, doctors, therapy … but the worst thing is that depression cost me a marriage. There’s no price on that.”
Her best tip: Find apps that help manage mental health effectively for you. Keith uses Headspace for meditation, [email protected] for concentrating, and Spotify for custom music playlists.
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- Experts Lay Out Options for Menopause Symptoms
- Acupuncture No Better Than ‘Sham’ Version in Breast-Cancer Drug Study
- Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Not Linked to Autism
- Exercise Might Lift Libido in Women on Antidepressants
- Generic Cymbalta Approved
- Taking Antidepressants During Pregnancy May Not Raise Autism Risk
- Magnetic Brain Stimulation Shows Promise Against Eating Disorders
- Suicide a Risk for Young Cancer Patients, Study Finds
- Lyrica May Ease Pain for Depressed Fibromyalgia Patients
- Many Kids With Autism on Multiple Medications, Study Finds
- Variant of Club Drug ‘K’ Might Have New Life as Antidepressant
- Depression May Sometimes Foreshadow Parkinson’s Diagnosis
- Brintellix Approved for Major Depressive Disorder
- Preschoolers’ Use of Psychiatric Drugs Levels Off, Study Shows
- Could Antidepressant Combat Lethal Lung Cancer?
- ‘Exposure Therapy’ Along With Antidepressants May Help With OCD
- Winter Depression May Be Less Common Than Believed
- Psychotherapy a Powerful Tool to Fight Depression, Studies Show
- Antipsychotic Drugs May Triple Kids’ Diabetes Risk, Study Suggests
- 7 out of 10 Americans Take a Prescription Drug: Study
- Depression, Antidepressants Tied to Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk in Older Women
- Canine Research Sheds Light on OCD in Humans
- Pace of New Drug Advances May Be Slowing, Study Finds
- Antidepressants May Be Helpful for Some Heart Patients: Study
- Some Antidepressants May Raise Risk for Gastro Infection
- Antidepressants May Hasten Bypass Recovery, Study Finds
- Some Antidepressants Linked to Bleeding Risk With Surgery
- Bipolar Disorder Drugs May ‘Tweak’ Genes Affecting Brain
- Prescription Drug Abuse Up Among U.S. Teens: Survey
- Poor ‘Health Literacy’ Keeps Patients From Taking Meds
- Antipsychotic Meds Not That Helpful for Depression: Study
- Survey Tallies Menopause Symptoms’ Toll
- For Alzheimer’s Caregivers, Patience and Compassion Are Key
- Untreated Depression May Cut Shingles Vaccine Effectiveness
- Electrical Brain Stimulation Plus Drug Fights Depression: Study
- Psychiatric Drugs More Often Prescribed in the South
- Antidepressants Celexa, Lexapro Tied to Irregular Heartbeat: Study
- No Proof Drugs Ease Kids’ Migraines: Study
- Multiple Concussions Could Up Depression Risk in Former NFL Players
- Antidepressants During Pregnancy: Safe?
- Blood Protein Linked to Depression, Study Finds
- Workplace Bullying Takes Toll on Witnesses Too, Study Finds
- Experimental Antidepressant Appears Quick-Acting, Safe
- When Antidepressants Don’t Work, Give Counseling a Try
- Antidepressants May Lead to Fewer Seizures in People With Epilepsy
- Schizophrenia Patients Who Take Antipsychotics Live Longer, Study Says
- Common Antidepressants Tied to Higher Bleeding Risk in Warfarin Users: Study
- ADHD Drugs Didn’t Raise Heart Risks for Kids, Study Finds
- Common Antidepressants Too Risky During Pregnancy, Researchers Say
- Hypnosis Halts Hot Flashes for Some Women
- Some Antidepressants May Raise Stroke Risk
- Teva’s High-Dose Generic Wellbutrin XL Withdrawn
- Psych, Sleep Meds May Affect Driving
- Scientists ID ‘Happy’ Gene in Women
- Partner Depression Common After Heart Attack
- Could Food Flavors Act Like Mood-Stabilizing Drugs?
- Patients Often Kept in Dark About ‘Off-Label’ Drug Use: Study
- Grateful Teens May Have Less Risk for Depression, Other Problems
- Brain Changes Seen in Postpartum Depression
- Medicare Coverage Gap May Cause Seniors to Forgo Antidepressants
- Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression
- More Mental Health Woes in College Kids Who Abuse Prescription Drugs
- Scientists Spot More Migraine Genes
- Fear of the Dark May Trigger Insomnia
- Exercise Appears to Ease Nerve-Damage Pain in Rat Study
- More Mental Health Care Urged for Kids Who Self-Harm
- Most Children With Autism Diagnosed at 5 or Older
- Sleepwalking May Be More Common Than You Think
- Bedwetting Misunderstood but Often Treatable
- Benefits of Antidepressants in Autism Overstated?
- After Hospitalization, Men More Likely to Show Up in ER
- Antidepressants Aid Depressed Parkinson’s Patients
- Minorities, Medicare Recipients Less Likely to Get Antidepressants
- Planning Pregnancy May Cut Birth Defects
- Prenatal Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Motor Delays: Study
- Sleep Apnea Linked to Depression
- Depression After Stroke Too Often Goes Untreated
- FDA Adds More Warnings to Antidepressant’s Label
- Antidepressants May Raise Risk for Pregnancy Complication
- Study Explains How Shock Therapy Might Ease Severe Depression
- Medication Leading Cause of Child Poisoning in U.S.
- Generic Lexapro Antidepressant Approved by FDA
- Mothers on Antidepressants Less Likely to Breast-Feed: Study
- Severe PMS May Last Longer Than Thought
- Moms’ Antidepressants May Affect Babies’ Head Size: Study
- Prescription Meds Can Put on Unwanted Pounds
- Could a Statin Lower Your Risk for Depression?
- New Guidelines to Help Breast Cancer Survivors
- Is Grief an Illness? The Debate Heats Up
- Antidepressants May Not Raise Suicide Risk in Youth: Study
- U.S. Soldiers Face Host of Mental Health Issues
- Antidepressants Might Raise Fall Risk in Nursing Homes
- Certain Antidepressants May Raise Lung Risk in Newborns
- Widowers Who Stay Single Might Face More Mental Health Woes
- Medicaid Spending for Depression Rose in Past Decade
- Newer Antidepressants Work Equally Well, Study Finds
- Treatment Shows Promise for Premature Ejaculation
- Prozac May Lessen Autism Symptom in Adults
- Use of Antidepressants on the Rise in the U.S.
- Depression Raises Women’s Stroke Risk
- Study: Antipsychotic Drug Does Not Help Veterans With PTSD
- Talk Therapy Plus Self-Help May Fight Pain
- Americans Are Flocking to Alternative Therapies
- Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy: Autism Risk?
- ER Visits for Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Up in Men
- Lists of Prescription Meds’ Side Effects Keep Growing: Study
- Recall of Generic Citalopram, Finasteride
- Drug-Related Poisonings Land Many in ER
- Depression Rising, but Psychotherapy Declines
- Older Antidepressants Linked to Heart Risk
- Seizure and Pain Drug May Treat Hot Flashes
- SAM-e May Boost Effects of Antidepressants
- Prescription Drug Use on the Rise in U.S.
- Stop-Smoking Aid Chantix Sparks Safety Concerns
- Survey: Talk Therapy as Good as Antidepressants
- Drug Tests Often Trigger False Positives
- Cataracts From Antidepressants?
- Acupuncture Eases Depression in Pregnancy