Higher Doses of Antidepressants Linked to Suicidal Behavior in Young Patients: Study

Twice as likely to try to hurt themselves if they were prescribed more than recommended dose MONDAY, April 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When prescribing antidepressants for teens and young adults, doctors should not start with high doses of the drugs because it might raise the risk of suicidal behavior, new research suggests. The study, which was published online April 28 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that younger patients who began treatment with higher-than-recommended doses of antidepressants were more than twice as likely to try to harm themselves as those who were initially treated with the same drugs at lower, recommended doses. “If I were a parent, I definitely wouldn’t want my child to start on a higher dose of these drugs,” said study author Dr. Matthew Miller, associate director of the Injury Control Research Center at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. The research is likely...

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