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NMIC Bulletin Vol. 25 No. 3 Pharmacotherapy of depression: practical aspects

2 July, 2019

Pharmacotherapy of depression: practical aspects

  • Following a single episode of depression, antidepressants should be continued for at least 6 to 9 months after resolution of symptoms
  • In patients with a history of recurrent depression, antidepressants should be continued for
    at least 2 years
  • Patients should be warned and monitored about an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and acts associated with antidepressants, especially in those aged <25 years
  • Antidepressants should not be discontinued abruptly due to a risk of discontinuation symptoms