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What is a good antidepressant for a teenager?

Of all the antidepressants, only fluoxetine (Prozac™) has been FDA approved to treat pediatric depression. For obsessive compulsive disorder in children and teenagers, FDA has approved only fluoxetine (Prozac™), sertraline (Zoloft™), fluvoxamine, and clomipramine (Anafranil™) .

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Accordingly, should I put my teenager on antidepressants?

Effectiveness in Teens Most importantly, because depression can lead to suicide, it is extremely important to effectively treat teens with depression who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Antidepressants may be most effective if your teen is also working with a therapist or psychiatrist.

Similarly, is Zoloft safe for my teenager? Other drugs the researchers analyzed — including Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Cymbalta — showed no benefit over placebo for this age group. About 3 percent of children under 12, and 6 percent of teens worldwide are believed to have depression. It's not clear how many of them are on medication.

Considering this, can a 16 year old take antidepressants?

Antidepressants are not licensed to treat depression in children under 16. If your doctor does prescribe you an antidepressant while you are under 18, they should be very cautious about the dose and take your physical size into account.

What is the best antidepressant for a child?

There are two antidepressants that the FDA has approved for use in children or teens to treat depression: Prozac (fluoxetine) for kids 8 and older and Lexapro (escitalopram) for kids 12 and older.

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