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Medicated but still depressed? Better check you’re not on this dud drug

Sertraline may ease anxiety symptoms, but takes longer to help with depression, a study has shown

Henry Bodkin

The most commonly prescribed antidepressant barely relieves symptoms of depression, a study has found.

The largest independent investigation yet undertaken found patients taking sertraline (https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/sertraline/) experienced negligible improvements in mood.

Published in The Lancet Psychiatry (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(19)30366-9/fulltext), it comes amid mounting controversy over increased use of antidepressants, with roughly 7.3 million people in England alone issued prescriptions every year...

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