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Do selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors cause suicide?: Discrediting old drugs may be useful in marketing new ones

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7500.1149 (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1149
  1. Hugh M Jones, consultant psychiatrist (hugh.jones@slam.nhs.uk)
  1. Lordship Lane Community Mental Health Team, London SE22 8HN

    EDITOR—Fergusson et al report the association between suicide attempts and use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).1 A causal link between use of an SSRI and self harm would have drastic clinical implications for health services. The extra monitoring might make using antidepressants wholly impractical in a risk averse service.

    The reported incidence …

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