The Effects of Antidepressants on Adults - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/29/04

The Effects of Antidepressants on Adults

If you're on anti-depressants, you might have wondered about this. There's been a lot of talk about a possible link between teens taking drugs for depression and thoughts of suicide. So, what about adults taking the same drugs? There's been nothing in the news about that, until now.

The FDA is launching a probe into whether the drugs pose a similar risk in adults. The agency will review data from studies involving thousands of patients on drugs like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil. It's looking for any evidence that may suggest the drugs increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in depressed patients.

Meanwhile, the FDA is working on much stronger warning labels on antidepressants, as recommended by an expert panel earlier this month. Earlier this month, an expert panel recommended the FDA mandate "black box warnings" the strongest warning labels any prescription drug can carry. Those warnings will also appear on patient information sheets that come when the drugs are dispensed. Prozac is the only antidepressant approved for use in pediatric patients.

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