Association of suicide in the elderly and SSRI antidepressants: Information from a population-based study

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A population-based study of 1138 completed suicide cases matched to 4552 comparison cases found a fivefold higher risk of completed suicide in the first month of treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors relative to other antidepressants; however, the absolute risk of suicide was low. There was no difference between antidepressants regarding suicide risk after the first month of treatment. Men, more than women, were found to complete suicide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)917-918
Number of pages2
JournalAging Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006



  • Antidepressant
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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