Despite millions of Australians taking antidepressants each day – using them at the second highest rate out of all OECD countries – there is little high quality evidence on safe and effective ways to stop treatment.

The findings come from the latest review published on Friday by the independent Cochrane institute, which examines scientific evidence to provide the most up-to-date and rigorous advice.

Cochrane researchers wanted to determine the best practice for assisting patients who no longer need antidepressants to come off them. They examined findings from 33 large and rigorous trials that combined included 4,995 participants who were prescribed antidepressants for 24 weeks or longer.

Article originally published by The Guardian on the 23rd April 2021. To read the full article click here.

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