UK Tightens Antidepressant Rules, Curbs Wyeth Drug
Published: Dec 06, 2004
British health authorities tightened warnings on popular Prozac-type antidepressants on Monday, urging doctors to use them sparingly and consider non-drug interventions, such as counseling. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which reviewed the medicines after concerns over their safety, said there should be stronger warnings about the risk of withdrawal reactions after ending a course of treatment. Doctors should also, in most cases, prescribe only the lowest recommended dose of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, and young adults should be monitored closely as a precautionary measure when being treated, it added. No antidepressant is recommended for the initial treatment of mild depression.