Anti-Depressants that Increase Suicidal Thoughts
I thought that suicidal thoughts and depression were among the feelings that anti-depressants were meant to curb... however, kids and teens have been prescribed medicines that are now being flagged as dangerous.
Young adults beginning treatment with antidepressants should be warned about an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior, federal health officials said Wednesday.
The Food and Drug Administration proposed labeling changes that would expand a warning now on all antidepressants. The current language applies only to children and adolescents. The expanded warning would apply to adults 18-24 during the first month or two of treatment with the drugs, the FDA said.
The proposed labeling changes also would note that studies have not shown this increased risk in adults older than 24, and that adults 65 and older taking antidepressants have a decreased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior, it said.
The proposed expanded warnings emphasize that depression and certain other serious psychiatric disorders are themselves the most important causes of suicide.
"Antidepressant medications benefit many patients, but it is important that doctors and patients are aware of the risks," said Dr. Steven Galson, the FDA's drugs chief.
The proposed changes came with the endorsement of FDA expert advisers. Some experts have argued that the changes are overdue while others maintain they could keep drugs from those who need them.
It's important for parents to realize that all drugs have side-effects, and to do their own research when considering putting their kids on pills. I used to be a camp counselor for many years, and several kids in my care who were supposedly "hyperactive", "difficult", or "ADD" were really just normal kids whose parents either didn't have time for them or couldn't communicate with them. They wouldn't take their medicine, and their parents wouldn't bring their prescriptions to my attention, so it would be weeks before I found out that these kids were supposedly "unbalanced"... and they were behaving exactly as kids are meant to behave.
Pharmacists should not be raising our kids via prescription.