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Antidepressants: Doctors advised to prescribe fewer drugs

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As the number of people in the UK prescribed antidepressants continues to rise, a review of the drugs has led to brand new guidance for the doctors who prescribe them.

University College London and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust have worked together on the review, looking into the role of antidepressants and how to help patients stop using them.

They have recommended that doctors should prescribe fewer antidepressants and for shorter periods of time, and also argued that long-term use for many is probably inappropriate.

Mark Horowitz is a clinical research fellow in psychiatry from University College London who worked on the review.

He discusses their recommendations for doctors, how patients should stop using the drugs, and the evidence around serotonin levels.

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