Monday, May 08, 2006

Anti-Depressants and Suicide

I have been researching the link between anti-depressants and suicide lately and found that the FDA warns against anti-depressants. It is said in the FDA website that anti-depressants can make those taking them experience an increase of depression and suicidal thinking or behavior, which is odd since that's what anti-depressants are supposed to cure. The specific list of drugs lists several anti-depressants such as Fluvoxamine, Paxil and Prozac, all of which are relatively commonplace. This list is the list of drugs supposedly just for adults. However, if you look at the label it warns against pediatric use. Also, if you check out further links in the FDA website, there is another list just for kids. This one has even more drugs, some of which as Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil, Aventyl, and many more. All of these drugs require a "black box" label, which labels them as having the possibility of making you or your kid have thoughts about suicide or want to commit suicide.

Also, as a note,
these drugs are addictive. There are studies that have shown those who try to get off of them become ill, have panic attacks, feel suicidal and experience many other withdrawal symptoms.

If you would like to know more about anti-depressants and suicide, go to, or if you live in LA, visit the Psychiatry, an Industry of Death Museum.

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