Researchers, though, are still working to definitively establish that antidepressants are more effective than placebo. "By bringing together published and unpublished data from over 500 double blind randomised controlled trials, this study represents the best now available evidence base to guide the choice of pharmacological treatment for adults with acute depression". The researchers found that antidepressants led to a greater reduction in depressive symptoms than placebo over the first eight weeks of treatment.
Although important, these results do not answer the question about the long-term effects of antidepressants, and a network meta-analysis approach can not be used on the individual patient level, Sagar V Parikh, MD, department of psychiatry, University of MI, and Sidney H Kennedy, MD, department of psychiatry, University of Toronto, wrote in an accompanying comment.
THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) - For adults with major depressive disorder, all antidepressants are more efficacious than placebo, according to research published online Feb. 21 in The Lancet. For adults with major depressive disorder, all antidepressants are more efficacious than placebo, according to research published online February 21 in The Lancet. Through the Freedom of Information Act, the FDA demands pharmaceutical companies provide data on all the clinical trials they sponsor - including unpublished trials. "This turned out to be very important", wrote Kirsch in a 2014 paper. Some people suspect drug companies of fiddling trial results. The same study revealed the fact that Placebo is not as effective as antidepressants.
Accusations of bias on either side are unlikely to go away. "Therefore, innovation in psychopharmacology is of crucial importance, but the identification of new molecular targets is hard, primarily because of the paucity of knowledge about how antidepressants work".
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The team disclosed that 409 (78 per cent) of 522 trials were funded by pharmaceutical companies, with overall 46 (9%) trials rated as high risk of bias, 380 (78 per cent) as moderate, and 96 (18 per cent) as low.
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chairman of the Royal College of Global Positioning System, said: "This research should reassure patients who are taking or are contemplating commencing antidepressants, and the doctors that prescribe them, that they are an effective treatment for depression in the short-term". Notably, the most famous antidepressant of them all, Prozac (currently out of patent and commonly known by its generic name, fluoxetine), was one of the least effective options, though it was best tolerated (fewest side effects).
'We found the most commonly prescribed anti-depressants work for moderate to severe depression and I think this is very good news for patients and clinicians'. Still, it should be noted that different drugs have different impacts on individuals. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological medicines are accessible but since of lacking assets, antidepressants are utilized more every now and again than mental intercessions. For those whose symptoms diminish after taking the drugs, no study or meta-analyses should influence their decision to make use of such effective treatment.
The researchers found that all antidepressants were more effective than placebo in terms of efficacy, with odds ratios ranging from 2.13 for amitriptyline to 1.37 for reboxetine. Contemporary western psychiatry relies heavily on antidepressants to treat depression and presents it as the most scientific, enlightened approach to the illness.