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Monday, June 08, 2009

Want to Kill Yourself?

Here's an article from 2006 about Seroxat from Dr. Peter Rost.

The title of the article:

Want to Kill Yourself?

The LAST thing you may want to do if you are young and want to kill yourself is to take a drug that will make you feel better. I'll explain:

The antidepressant Paxil may raise the risk of suicidal behavior in young adults, GlaxoSmithKline and the Food and Drug Administration warned today in a letter to doctors.

An analysis of trial data from nearly 15,000 patients treated with both Paxil and placebo (dummy pills) revealed a higher frequency of suicidal behavior in young adults treated with the drug, according to the FDA letter. And if Paxil has this problem, it also means that other new antidepressants in the same class may have the same problem.

Clearly, antidepressants used under careful medical supervision are still likely to outweigh the risks, but the FDA letter highlights a serious issue. When doctors and patients find out about a problem with a new drug it may already be too late. The fact that a drug is approved for use doesn't mean that it is safe. And once a drug is on the market it takes almost as much bad data to get the drug off the market as it took to get it approved in the first place.

But there are lots of early warning signs. Increased suicidal thoughts for young people on antidepressants have been discussed for years. And now the FDA has the data to say that this was actually true.


FULL ARTICLE HERE

Hat-Tip: The Truthman

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