Antidepressants Linked with Suicidal Behavior - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/14/04

Antidepressants Linked with Suicidal Behavior

On Tuesday, a Food and Drug Administration panel found there is a link between antidepressant drugs and an increase in suicidal behavior in teens. The two day hearing reviewed new evidence from two dozen clinical trials and listened to testimony from families that blame antidepressant drugs for their children's suicide including the more widely used Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil.

They found a small percentage of teens who used the drugs experienced an increase in suicidal thoughts. Here's the confusing part, many experts still believe the benefits of using antidepressant drugs outweigh the risks.

"We need to emphasize there is a risk not to treat, and untreated depression is more dangerous than these findings suggests," says Dr. Kathleen May Quinn.

You may remember, a large government study released earlier this summer found that the antidepressant Prozac was most effective in conjunction with talk therapy for severely depressed teens.

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