FDA: Antidepressant Warnings Issued

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    the food and drug administration (fda) requests a warning statement in the labeling for certain antidepressants to encourage close observation of adult and pediatric patients treated with these agents for worsening depression or the emergence of suicidality. the drugs that are the focus of this new warning statement include: prozac (fluoxetine); zoloft (sertraline); paxil (paroxetine); luvox (fluvoxamine); celexa (citalopram); lexapro (escitalopram); wellbutrin (bupropion); effexor (venlafaxine); serzone (nefazodone); and remeron (mirtazapine).

    for more details, visit www.fda.gov/cder/drug/anti depressants/default.htm
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    I would have thought all this should have come out in the trials. I think many drugs get a fast track.

    renerian
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    I don't understand how it can be determined that suicidality can be attributed to the drugs. They are antidepressants. Maybe the same people would have become suicidal anyway, or even earlier, without the drugs.
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    Well, I experienced this very thing first hand. The pt had been prescribed Mirtazipine and the drug made s/s 10x worse at least. This all occurred over the 4 wks they were on the med. It was extremely scary. Of course, the pt had absolutely no idea of the intensity of the s/s, nor did they realize that they were having mood swings/ideations. Needless to say, while the med should have been stopped much earlier, the psychiatrist finally d/c'd it, made a change, and the pt was back to being bearable again. I hope to never witness that ever again.
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    Quote from brian
    the food and drug administration (fda) requests a warning statement in the labeling for certain antidepressants to encourage close observation of adult and pediatric patients treated with these agents for worsening depression or the emergence of suicidality. the drugs that are the focus of this new warning statement include: prozac (fluoxetine); zoloft (sertraline); paxil (paroxetine); luvox (fluvoxamine); celexa (citalopram); lexapro (escitalopram); wellbutrin (bupropion); effexor (venlafaxine); serzone (nefazodone); and remeron (mirtazapine).

    for more details, visit www.fda.gov/cder/drug/anti depressants/default.htm
    i think it's about darn time! these things have been prescribed willy-nilly to every individual presenting themselves with any complaint the doctor can possibly attribute to depression. yes, people get depressed, and sometimes it lasts a while. that doesn't mean they need medicated! that means they need some help to stand up to the issues and confront them, not tuck them away behind a pill. doctors found these drugs too easy to get the pt out of the way!
    yes, many folks do need them and they should have them, but they need to be very closely monitored, not handed a prescritpion with the assumption that all is well now. doctors seem to be the last ones to notice that side effects do happen and they are deadly.
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    Maybe it brings them to that "plateau" where they get the actual energy to go through with suicide??? Good question
    Quote from jemb
    I don't understand how it can be determined that suicidality can be attributed to the drugs. They are antidepressants. Maybe the same people would have become suicidal anyway, or even earlier, without the drugs.
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    there was an interesting post on this topic in the psych nursing boards. check it out.


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