Atypical Antidepressants for Depression in Children and Teens
Atypical antidepressants balance certain brain chemicals
(neurotransmitters). When these brain chemicals are
balanced, the symptoms of depression are relieved.
medicines have not been approved for use in people younger than 18. But they
may be effective and are sometimes used. Examples of atypical antidepressants
sometimes used to treat children or teens include:
They may be effective in treating depression in children and
teens, but research is limited. These medicines are often tried if treatment
with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) does not work or if side
effects from other medicines are a problem. Trazodone may be prescribed to help
your child sleep or cope with anxiety. Sometimes a combination of medicines is
the most effective treatment for depression.
FDA advisory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an
advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of
suicide. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines.
Instead, a person taking antidepressants should be watched for
warning signs of suicide. This is especially important
at the beginning of treatment or when doses are changed.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
April 5, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 05, 2011
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