Investigation of the relationship between antidepressant medication use and weight change in Australian adults

Date & time

12.30–1.30pm 5 February 2015

Location

Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre, Building 62 NCEPH (entrance on Eggleston Road)

Speakers

Ellie Page, NCEPH-RSPH

Contacts

 Vasoontara Yieng

Ellie Paige is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. Her research interests are in chronic disease epidemiology and large-scale linked data analysis.

Abstract

Antidepressant medications are among the most highly prescribed medications in Australia and use has been increasing over time. Weight gain is a commonly reported side-effect of antidepressant use but evidence for this relationship is inconsistent and few population-based studies have been conducted. Data from a large Australian cohort study were linked to medication dispensing data to investigate the association between antidepressant use and weight change. Key findings from this study will be presented in this seminar.

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