Does the use of antidepressants to treat major depressive disorder (clinical depression) increase the risk of suicide?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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The relationship between use of antidepressants and risk of suicide varies with patient age. Treatment with antidepressants has been associated with increased suicidality in children, adolescents, and young adults 18 to 24 years of age. There is no evidence of increased risk for adults older than 24 years of age; for adults 65 years of age or older, the risk is actually decreased. [73]


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