Antidepressants Are Not Associated With Improved Quality of Life in the Long Run·
Summary: Overall, people who used antidepressants to manage depression long-term did not have a better quality of physical or mental health than those with depression who did not use prescription medication to manage their symptoms.
Over time, using antidepressants is not associated with significantly better health-related quality of life, compared to people with depression who do not take the drugs.
These are the findings of a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Omar Almohammed of King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, and colleagues.
It is generally well known that depression disorder has a significant impact on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of patients. While studies have shown the efficacy of antidepressant medications for treatment of depression disorder, these medications’ effect on patients’ overall well-being and HRQoL remains controversial.
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Author: Hanna Abdallah
Contact: Hanna Abdallah – PLOS
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Original Research: Open access.
“Antidepressants and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) for patients with depression: Analysis of the medical expenditure panel survey from the United States” by Omar Almohammed et al. PLOS ONE