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Off-label indications for antidepressants in primary care: descriptive study of prescriptions from an indication based electronic prescribing system

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 21 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j603

Antidepressants carry mortality risks

Recent evidence reveals that administered antidepressants increase suicide risks by 2-5 times. [1][2][3][4][5][6]
A recent meta-analysis, level I evidence, clearly demonstrated that SSRIs double the risk of suicide and violence in adults. [3]
Furthermore, antidepressants increase all cause mortality by 33%! [7][8]

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 November 2017
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Thessaloniki, Hellas