I've been working on creating a thread this past week on this very subject but Heff beat me to it. So I will just add what I have as a compliment to
this thread instead of starting another one.
This first article is from 2011 Psychology Today and written by medical journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Whitaker.
Psychiatric Drugs and
Violence: A Review of FDA Data Finds A Link
This is the list of the 10 most dangerous drugs on the market at this time:
Antidepressants Top List of Most Violence-Inducing Drugs
It’s certainly worth paying heed to drug interactions such as violence and homicidal leanings, both as a patient and as a concerned parent, family
member or friend. According to a 2010 study published in the journal PLoS One, half of the top 10 drugs disproportionately linked with violent
behavior are antidepressants:
Varenicline (Chantix): The number one violence-inducing drug on the list, this anti-smoking medication is 18 times more likely to be linked with
violence when compared to other drugs
Fluoxetine (Prozac): This drug was the first well-known SSRI antidepressant
Paroxetine (Paxil): Another SSRI antidepressant, Paxil is also linked with severe withdrawal symptoms and a risk of birth defects
Amphetamines: (Various): Used to treat ADHD
Mefoquine (Lariam): A treatment for malaria which is often linked with reports of strange behavior
Atomoxetine (Strattera): An ADHD drug that affects the neurotransmitter noradrenaline
Triazolam (Halcion): This potentially addictive drug is used to treat insomnia
Fluvoxamine (Luvox): Another SSRI antidepressant
Venlafaxine (Effexor): An antidepressant also used to treat anxiety disorders
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq): An antidepressant which affects both serotonin and noradrenaline
Next is a link listing over 60 SSRI related incidents from 1988 to Nov 2011 It is cross indexed by date/drug/location/ect
Finally my last link has several resources for this topic and I will link that after some quotes to give you an idea.
Julian Whitaker, MD, founder of the Whitaker Wellness Institute and a thirty-year practitioner of alternative medicine, notes that the FDA does not
include violent behavior on its black box warning labels because they are “blinded by their incestuous relationship with the pharmaceutical
Elsewhere, Dr. Whitaker discusses the common thread between the Columbine High School shooters, spree shootings at a community center in Los Angeles,
two brokerage firms in Atlanta, and a printing plant in Kentucky: SSRI antidepressants. Every one of those shootings was perpetrated by people
taking Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox, Paxil, or a related antidepressant drug. The medical records of Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and injured
fourteen others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, have not been released. What is clear is that he suffered from depression and had a sudden and
dramatic change in personality around 2006. His behavior on January 8 is frighteningly similar to many who take SSRIs.
I'd like to thank Heff for the thread and I hope I have added some more information that is helpful to the discussion.