Suicide and antidepressants: The latest chapter

February 2007
Contemporary Pediatrics;Feb2007, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p12
The article presents updates on the controversy surrounding the labeling of antidepressant medications. Advocates of warning labels are convinced that labels should warn patients that antidepressant medications increase the risk of suicide. Those who oppose the warning label fear it will frighten patients away from the very drugs that prevent suicide by ameliorating depression. A U.S. Federal Drugs Administration Advisory Committee met to consider whether the warning should he extended to include young people up to the age of 25, following a study which found that those under 25 who took antidepressant were twice as likely as those taking placebo pills to attempt suicide or to prepare to attempt it.


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