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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 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, 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 is almost pounds 300million.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 26, 2008
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