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Antidepressant medicines often work well, but they do have some risks
and side effects. Their use may increase the risk of suicide, especially in the
first few weeks of use. If your child starts antidepressants, be sure to be
aware of this risk and get help if you see any of the warning signs.
Before prescribing medicine, your doctor will check your child for
possible suicidal thoughts by asking a few questions. Some of the questions
your doctor may ask your child include:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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