Source: United Kingdom – Science Media Centre
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published draft guidelines calling for healthcare professionals to use shared decision making best practice to highlight the risks of medicines associated with dependence.
Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said:
“Shared decision-making and supporting patients to understand the benefits and risks are essential to good practice, so we welcome these draft guidelines. Antidepressants are effective and can be lifesaving for many people, but they are not and should not be the ‘go-to’ for first instances of mild depression.
“They do not work for everyone and can have side effects, including withdrawal symptoms, so discussing this with patients is vital. Clinicians should be regularly reviewing whether they are still providing benefits or if they might no longer be needed. If a patient wants to come off them, this should be done slowly at a rate tolerable for the patient.”
Draft NICE Guideline: ‘Medicines associated with dependence or withdrawal symptoms: safe prescribing and withdrawal management for adults’ was published at 00:01 UK time Friday 22 October.