Campaigners have called for a review into the way anti-depressants are prescribed after a study showed that a third of women have taken the drugs at some point in their lives.
Platform 51 said the high proportion of women who are given anti-depressants, and the lack of regular treatment reviews, posed “worrying questions” about the provision of such drugs.
A report released by the charity shows that 24% of women who are currently taking anti-depressants have been using them for 10 years or more, while 48% have taken them for at least five years.
The findings also showed that 24% of women who are on anti-depressants have waited at least a year for a review of their treatment, while 57% were not offered any alternatives to the drugs when they were prescribed.
The findings are based on a survey of more than 2,000 adults in England and Wales.
Platform 51’s director of policy, campaigns and communications Rebecca Gill, said: “The current NICE guidelines are not being followed: women want more checks to make sure the medication use is right for them and they want more choice when it comes to receiving treatment.”
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