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Hidden Drug Effects

The Big Idea for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Many of the side effects of antidepressants are well-documented, and well-known. And yet, there is uncertainty and anxiety about how a particular drug might affect a given patient.

In today's lesson, Kas Thomas looks at a data-intensive study that suggests that long-term antidepressant use may be an invitation to diabetes. In fact, the authors of the study found that use of any antidepressant results in an almost two-fold greater risk of diabetes.

The bottom line is that this affects a fairly large number of people, and therefore efforts to minimize the potentially negative effects of these agents on glycemic control should be pursued.



  1. 1 Depression, Diabetes, and You
    Kas Thomas Devil in the Data
  2. 2 Depression: The Male Silent Killer
    Marianne Legato
  3. 3 How Adult Depression Differs From Teenage Depression
    Harold Koplewicz
  4. 4 Carl Hart Discusses the Complexity of Drug Abuse
    Carl Hart

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