Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Depression drugs 'little better than placebos"

The Australian Medical Association has questioned the research methods of the UK study which claimed best-selling anti-depressants were barely more effective than sugar pills. Association spokesman Dr Choong-Siew Yong, a Sydney psychiatrist, said anti-depressants were life-saving for depressed people and it was essential for patients to speak to their doctor if they felt their treatment was ineffective. Dr Yoong said the study could not be relied because they represented the average results from from scores of separate studies with different drugs.
“That is not to say the evidence is wrong. It‘s a study that’s important for professionals, but I don’t think any reasonable psychiatrist, and I can safely speak for my colleagues, would advise people to stop taking their medications,” Dr Yoong said.

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