Well­ness Arti­cles

Anti­de­pres­sants for Kids Expected to Get Stronger Warn­ings

The Sep­tem­ber 8, 2004 edi­tion of the USA Today con­tained a fea­ture report­ing that sci­en­tific advis­ers to the Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion are expected to rec­om­mend tougher warn­ing labels or other restric­tions on anti­de­pres­sants linked to sui­ci­dal behav­ior in chil­dren. The story notes that presently more than 1 mil­lion U.S. chil­dren take this type of medication.

The arti­cle reported that an analy­sis of pre­vi­ous stud­ies, con­firmed that those chil­dren on anti­de­pres­sants may be nearly twice as likely to become sui­ci­dal as kids given sugar pills. Dr. Gra­ham Emslie, child and ado­les­cent psy­chi­a­trist at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas South­west­ern Med­ical cen­tre in Dal­las, stated, “They’re going to have to do some­thing. The hor­ror sto­ries have been just too hor­ri­ble, and their advi­sory com­mit­tee is going to be influenced.”

At a US Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion hear­ing held in Feb­ru­ary of 2004 dozens of par­ents tes­ti­fied that anti­de­pres­sants had caused their chil­dren to kill them­selves. The USA Today arti­cle notes that some psy­chi­a­trists say in real-​life med­ical prac­tice, kids with minor adjust­ment prob­lems are all too often put on anti­de­pres­sants. Many doc­tors say the drugs occa­sion­ally trig­ger a fren­zied, impul­sive agi­ta­tion that can lead to suicide.

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