Happy pill 'may not help sick'.
TAKING some types of anti-depressants may be a waste of time, say researchers.
Drugs such as Prozac work no better than dummy Sham; make-believe; pretended; imitation. Person who serves in place of another, or who serves until the proper person is named or available to take his place (e.g., dummy corporate directors; dummy owners of real estate). pills for mildly depressed people, a review of clinical trials found.
And scientists discovered even the most clinically depressed may not benefit from them as tests only indicated they did not respond to the placebo.
Researchers analysed US data on anti-depressants such as Prozac, Effexor and Seroxat.
Professor Irving Kirsch kirsch
A colorless brandy made from the fermented juice of cherries.
[French, short for German Kirschwasser; see kirschwasser. , who led the study, said: "This suggests depressed people can get better without chemical treatments."
Doctors wrote a record 16.2 million prescriptions for anti-depressants in 2006. The bill to the NHS NHS
National Health Service
NHS (in Britain) National Health Service is almost pounds 300million.