On Sept 14, 2004, an FDA panel voted 18 to 5 to require manufacturers of all antidepressants to add black box warnings to their product labeling. A month later, the FDA adopted the panel's recommendations. The warning reads in part:
"Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in short-term studies in children and adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of [Drug Name] or any other antidepressant in a child or adolescent must balance this risk with the clinical need. Patients who are started on therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior."
The FDA cannot fulfill its mission because its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak.
... A link between Chantix and serious psychiatric complications is becoming progressively probable, according to the FDA. Additionally, the drug may further worsen preexisting psychiatric illness or cause a recurrence of past issues. Two weeks after this report, Pfizer added stronger Chantix warnings to the drug's packaging, stating publicly that while a direct link between Chantix and the reported psychiatric problems did not exist, the possibility of Chantix-induced psychotic episodes could not be ruled out. Pfizer has suggested that these episodes of irrational behavior have been caused by nicotine withdrawal. However, the FDA's findings stated that even those patients who had continued smoking had similar psychiatric episodes. Indeed, cases of such extreme psychiatric problems have not manifested themselves as prominently in over the counter quitting aids, such as NRT's.
Originally posted by stellawayten
I have taken antidepressants off and on since I was 16. I would say that I have taken Zoloft the most. A few months ago my doctor changed my meds to Cymbalta. It made me suicidal and more depressed than I was. I didn't realize it was the meds until I ran out the week of Thanksgiving and the docs office was closed so I started taking the leftover Zoloft that I had. I started feeling better and realized that it must have been the meds that made me feel that way.
While I was taking that med I got banned from ATS and warned several times. Look at my post "thanksgiving, who gives a crap" and you can see my attitude while on that med. I'm still on meds and wish I could get off of them.... but thats a different thread. Anyway, just wanted to give some insight from someone who takes ADPs
Some of the patients who have suffered an akathisia reaction have been driven to horrible deeds. Matthew Miller was a 13-year-old who committed suicide less than a week after starting to take Zoloft. Donald Schell, 60, took two Paxil tablets before experiencing hallucinations and then shooting himself, his wife, their daughter, and their granddaughter to death on Feb. 13, 1998. On March 4, 1993, two weeks after starting to take Prozac, William Forsyth stabbed his wife 15 times as she lay in bed, and then leaned on the knife to kill himself. Reginald Payne, 63, a teacher in Great Britain, suffocated his wife and threw himself off a cliff in March 1996, after having taking Prozac for just 11 days.
Originally posted by zerotime
You can also look at this problem another way. There are a lot of people out there who have real emotional and psychological problems. Drugs or no drugs these people are sick and dangerous. These people who go 'crazy' and kill others are on these medications because they have a past history of mental illness, psychotic episodes and emotional problems.
I know we desperately want to blame something outside of the person and their problem, but the problem may be what is behind their criminal actions. There are vastly more people who use these drugs and it helps them. Do we take away the drugs? Then what about the thousands of people who currently get help from these drugs? Where does that leave them?
I'm not sold on the fact that these drugs 'cause' these crimes. In almost all of these shootings the common element seems to be a history of mental illness. If anything I do not believe that we treat mental illness correctly, especially in the USA, were there is a negative stigma attached to those diagnosed with a mental illness.
Originally posted by Now_Then
As a young teenager I was quite surprised at the eagerness or doctors to prescribe anti depressants. This must be 10 years back, had a touch of glandular fever so went back to the docs several times with lingering non de script symptoms. I was offered anti depressants several times before any serious diet advice, and more importantly the bloods tests. Even then I knew depression medication wasn't needed. Seemed to be a pretty standard answer to teenage problems at my surgery, plenty of kids had various meds.
Originally posted by dAlen
To put it short...I dont recall school shootings as a common thing until these drugs became the norm.
In my time people didnt have the luxury (thank god) for the crap they have now.
People suffer, but if you press it down...they will pop.
You say that more people then not do not do this. My point is that they are potential candidates, as before we didnt have anyone shooting up schools. To you a couple of school shooting aint bad in the ratio...to me it shouldnt be happening.