Patients receive an inadequate dose of antidepressants for an inadequate period

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7099.56 (Published 05 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:56
  1. T M MacDonald, Clinical reader, Medicines Monitoring Unita,
  2. I C Reid, Professor, department of psychiatrya,
  3. A D McMahon, Biostatistician, Medicines Monitoring Unita
  1. a University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 9SY

    Editor—K Milligan considers our comments on the prescribing of low doses of antidepressants to be misleading because some patients get these drugs for indications other than depression.1 2 Our study showed that less than 1% of subjects received an adequate dose of tricyclic antidepressants for an adequate period (>90 days). Our argument would stand …

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