Factors Associated with Antidepressant Medication Non-adherence

Turk J Pharm Sci. 2021 Apr 20;18(2):242-249. doi: 10.4274/tjps.galenos.2020.49799.


Medication non-adherence is one of the major problems in treating patients with depression. Non-adherence results in an increased risk of relapse and reduced quality of life. The objective of this review was to review and summarize studies that focused on the factors associated with antidepressant medication non-adherence in patients with depression. Literature searches were performed using PubMed/Medline and Google Scholar. The search was limited to articles published in the English language in peer-reviewed journals between January 2000 and December 2019. Studies that analyzed factors of non-compliance in patients with depressive disorders were included in the review. Patient-related factors such as forgetfulness, comorbidities, and misconceptions about the disease and medication, medication-related factors, polypharmacy, side effects, pill burden and cost, healthcare system-related factors, including physician-patient interactions, sociocultural factors such religious and cultural beliefs and stigma, and logistic factors were found to be the major factors associated with antidepressant non-adherence. Efforts should be made to increase patient adherence to antidepressants by strengthening physician-patient relationships, simplifying medication regimens, and rectifying myths and beliefs held by patients with scientific information and explanations.

Keywords: Adherence; antidepressants; associated factors; depression.