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UNPUBLISHED figures show nearly 4000 children under 10 were prescribed antidepressants last financial year, including 553 children under five and 48 babies, The Australian reports.
The Commonwealth Department of Health statistics give an alarming, although most likely conservative, age-by-age breakdown of the national use of antidepressants.
Leading pediatricians and psychiatrists can offer no reason why infants would be given the drugs.
Depression expert Gordon Parker said the numbers were "beyond comprehension" and urged the federal Government to ask doctors responsible for supplying scripts for young children to justify their actions...continueswww.news.com.au...
Bupropion (Wellbutrin) approved for depression, commonly used off-label for bipolar diaorder.
Sertraline (Zoloft) approved for depression, commonly used off-label for bipolar disorder.
Venlafaxine (Effexor) approved for depression, commonly used off-label for bipolar disorder.
Celecoxib (Celebrex) approved for joint sprain/strain, used off-label for fibromatosis — soft tissue tumors.
Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril) approved to treat high blood pressure, used off-label for coronary artery disease.
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) approved to treat depression, used off-label for anxiety.
Trazodone (Desyrel) approved to treat depression, used off-label for sleep disturbance.
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) approved to treat schizophrenia, used off-label for depression.
Epoetin alfa (Procrit, Epogen) approved to treat chronic renal failure, used off-label for anemia from chronic disease. patientadvocate.wordpress.com...
Originally posted by FredT
The infant issue is so out of left field I cannot wait to see an explanation of this one.
Originally posted by CeltAngel
I still wonder if maybe the parents aren't getting some of the drugs that were prescribed for the infants. I still find it inconceivable that it would be happening any other way.