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Is it harmful to take antidepressants for a long time?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Right now, there is not much strong evidence that long-term antidepressant use will cause any serious long-term problems. However there were a few studies that suggested some antidepressant may increase the risk of cataracts. Also, be aware that sometimes, unfortunately, antidepressants may stop working as well as they did initially and are no longer as effective as they once were. Thus, it’s important to always be in contact with your doctor about any questions or concerns, especially when taking long term prescription medications, such as antidepressants.

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