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New Study Results Provide Additional Data about Short- and,Long-Term Use of Desvenlafaxine Succinate in the Treatment of,Adults with Major Depressive Disorder

uicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in short-term studies in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of any antidepressant in a child or adolescent must balance this risk with the clinical need. Patients who are on such therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality or unusual changes in behavior. Families and caregivers should be advised of the need for close observation and communication with their prescriber.

About Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder is a serious medical condition that is different from "feeling blue" and is not something people just "get over." Criteria for major depressive disorder include five or more of the following symptoms that have been present for at least two weeks, and at least one of the symptoms must be either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure.

    -- Depressed mood

    -- Loss of interest or pleasure

    -- Changes in appetite or weight

    -- Changes in sleeping patterns

    -- Psychomotor agitation or retardation

    -- Fatigue or low energy

    -- Feeling worthless or guilty for no reason

    -- Difficulty thinking or concentrating

    -- Thoughts of death or suicide


Further, people with major depressive disorder may experience clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning. If a person experiences these symptoms, he or she should speak with a health care professional.

Major depressive disorder is a common mental disorder, affecting about 121 million people worldwide. In the United States, it is estimated that depression affects about 19 million American adults each year. The lifetime risk of major depression has been assessed from 10 percent to 25 percent for women and 5 percent to 12 percent for men. Research has shown that hormonal changes, including estrogen decline, or life stre
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