Date lodged: 13 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that patients and those making decisions about medication for minors are fully informed about the possible side effects of antidepressants prior to being taken.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 21 September 2016
Prescribers of any medication, to anyone, are required to explain the rationale for prescribing, the benefits, and the side effects.
NICE clinical guidelines [CG28] cover depression in children and young people, and contain guidance on the use of antidepressants. Information about known-side effects of prescribed medication can be found on the website of the Medicines And Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, at www.gov.uk/mhra.