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Initial days of antidepressant therapy associated with greatest risk of suicidal behavior


Four commonly prescribed antidepressants carry an equal risk of quadrupling the chance of suicidal behavior during the first 9 days of treatment, according to a study from the United Kingdom published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors cautioned, however, that the risk is likely only temporary and may be attributed to the time period in which the drugs have not yet taken effect in those patients already considering suicide.

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