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Avoid routinely offering antidepressants for 'less severe' depression, says NICE in draft guidance

Reviewing its depression guidance for the first time...

Long-term antidepressant treatment beneficial, new study confirms

Patients taking antidepressants for more than 9 months...

Long-term antipsychotic use linked to breast cancer

Recent research indicates a significant increase in...

Non-drug therapies as, or more, effective than drugs for dementia patients with depression, research suggests

Researchers identified 10 non-drug interventions associated...

Pregabalin linked to severe respiratory depression in absence of opioids

The MHRA advises prescribers to consider adjustment...

Stay alert to postpartum bleeding risk with antidepressants, MHRA warns

Observational data suggest that the use of SSRIs and...

Proposed withdrawal of bipolar disorder treatment revoked

The manufacturer of first-line bipolar disorder treatment...

Stop withdrawal of bipolar disorder treatment, health secretary urged

GPs, pharmacists, psychiatrists and patients are calling...

Women taking valproate still unaware of pregnancy risks, survey finds

One in ten women currently taking valproate are unaware...

New guidance for minimising psychological impact of COVID-19 pandemic in primary care patients

A group of clinicians and public health experts have...

Beta blocker overdose warning

The toxicity of a commonly prescribed beta blocker...

Melatonin 'should not be prescribed on NHS for jet lag'

It is 'inappropriate' to make melatonin available on...

Ketamine-derived nasal spray provides new option for resistant depression

Spravato (esketamine) works in a different way to existing...

Avoid benzodiazepines in opioid-dependent patients, GPs reminded

Prescribing benzodiazepines in opioid-dependent individuals...

Serious shortage protocol for fluoxetine 10mg capsules revoked

The Government has withdrawn one of the three serious...

HRT and antidepressant shortages prompt export ban and pharmacist scrip-switching

The government has banned exports of HRT products and...

Potentially addictive medicines 'being prescribed for years'

Hundreds of thousands of people are receiving prescriptions...

Mirtazapine no more effective than placebo as an additive antidepressant

Mirtazapine is unlikely to provide any clinical benefit...

Gabapentin and pregabalin to be subject to tighter controls

From April 2019 gabapentin and pregabalin will be reclassified...

Antidepressant withdrawal 'much greater problem than guidelines suggest'

The incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant...