SPS Choosing an antidepressant to switch a person to

24 April, 2023

Are your patients currently prescribed the most appropriate antidepressant for them? If not, what should they switch to?

There are a wide range of considerations when choosing an antidepressant for a patient, especially if this involves switching from one to another.

The Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) has published a fantastic new resource, which outlines all the considerations to take into account when choosing an alternative antidepressant to switch to for treating depression. This includes outlining when advice should be sought from a mental health specialist.

The advice covers:

  • Establishing the need to switch
  • Appraisal of the medicine options
  • Understanding the person’s individual characteristics
  • Identifying complex switches
  • Planning the switch and monitoring
  • Individual switches

Ashtons’ specialist clinical pharmacists are experts on this subject and can provide you with comprehensive advice and guidance to help you make sure your patients are given the right medication to enhance their treatment outcomes.

The full guidance is available on the SPS website.