Posted by SLS on July 21, 2005, at 20:00:55
In reply to Re: About my post..and Suicide..., posted by Jakeman on July 20, 2005, at 20:08:46
> > > Then we have to worry about the fact that long-term effects (>6 monthes) have not been tested.
> > I'm sorry, I'm a little confused here. The long-term effects of what have not been tested?
> I meant the long-term effects of antidepressants have had little study. It's my understanding that clinical trials are usually less than six months.
This is true of most studies. Unfortunately, most of the clinical trials that involve antidepressants have rarely exceeded 10 weeks. However, there have been a few longitudinal studies that have followed people for five years and more. One of the most important findings of such studies is that the dosage of an antidepressant that successfully treats the depression acutely is the same dosage that should be used for long-term maintenance.
What sorts of things are you interested in discovering with long-term studies? Just curious.