Antidepressants Are More Beneficial Than Placebo, New Study Settled the Debate


Antidepressants are more beneficial than placebo, according to the new analytical study of 522 trials that involved 116,477 people, which discovered that 21 common anti-depressants were largely effective for reducing the acute depression symptoms, as compared to the dummy pills.

The new research seems to have settled the debate dating long back about the more effectiveness of antidepressant drugs for the relief against acute depression in people than placebo. University of Oxford has conducted the new research by contacting pharmaceutical individual researchers and companies to minimize bias for including the range of undisclosed information into the calculations.

Associated researcher of the study, John Ioannidis from the Stanford University, the United States said in a statement that, “Antidepressants are routinely used worldwide yet there remains considerable debate about their effectiveness and tolerability.” however the research has been headed by Andrea Cipriani from the Britain’s Oxford University stated that, “These findings now offered the best available evidence to inform and guide doctors and patients” and should reassure people with depression that drugs can help.”

Though the pharmacological and psychological treatments are both available, yet 300 million people over the world suffer from the major condition of depression, according to the World Health Organization.

A psychiatrist, James Warner from the Imperial College London stated that, “Depression causes misery to countless thousands every year and this study adds to the existing evidence that effective treatments are available.”