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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 9:00 AM
Podcast: Comparing Antidepressant Medicines

Debra: From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I’m Debra James with Healthcare 411: Information for better health.

Depression - about one in every six adults experience it. But depression is treatable - often with medication, counseling, or a combination of the two. Dr. Carolyn Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, says a guide about antidepressants provides some important facts.

Dr. Clancy: When it comes to treating depression, any drug’s success depends on hitting the right balance between relieving symptoms and minimizing side effects. Our guide concludes that most people can find an antidepressant or combination treatment that works for them. The guide summarizes research on which drugs are more or less likely to cause side effects that may concern you.

Debra: Download the booklet called "Antidepressant Medicines - A Guide for Adults With Depression" available online at effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov. Healthcare 411 is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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