Review: Antidepressants benefit people with all ranges of depression

Reuters reports that according to an analysis published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, antidepressants may benefit people suffering from depression, even those whose depression is just mild or moderate.

Researchers arrived at that conclusion after examining data from 12 studies on fluoxetine conducted with adult patients, four studies each of the medication taken by young people and seniors, respectively, and 21 studies of venlafaxine HCl on adults.

In seniors, however, the effects of fluoxetine were clearly reduced.

In an interview with Reuters, study lead author Robert Gibbons, PhD, of the University of Chicago, was quoted as saying, “Clearly the efficacy of antidepressants is age-dependent.”

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