Specialist Updates

Psychostimulants for depression on the rise

Psychostimulants and other stimulant-like drugs are increasingly being prescribed off-label for depression without clear evidence that they work.

Methylphenidate and lisdexamphetamine are being used for treatment-refractory depression even though a broad range of antidepressants is now available, say a group of Australian psychiatrists.

“This is cause for concern, because the effectiveness of