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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, MPH - PediatricsKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid A. Brent, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Current as ofDecember 7, 2017
Current as of: December 7, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & David A. Brent, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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