Discontinuation of antidepressant medication among Latinos in the USA

J Behav Health Serv Res. 2007 Jul;34(3):329-42. doi: 10.1007/s11414-007-9070-6. Epub 2007 Jun 15.


Despite recent growth in the variety of antidepressant medications available, many patients discontinue medication prematurely for reasons such as nonresponse, side effects, stigma, and miscommunication. Some analysts have suggested that Latinos may have higher antidepressant discontinuation rates than other US residents. This paper examines Latino antidepressant discontinuation, using data from a national probability survey of Latinos in the USA. In this sample, 8% of Latinos had taken an antidepressant in the preceding 12 months. Among those users, 33.3% had discontinued taking antidepressants at the time of interview, and 18.9% had done so without prior input from their physician. Even controlling for clinical and other variables, patients who reported good or excellent English proficiency were less likely to stop at all. Patients were also less likely to stop if they were older, married, had public or private insurance, or had made eight or more visits to a nonmedical therapist.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Data Collection
  • Depression / drug therapy
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Compliance*
  • United States


  • Antidepressive Agents