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No AntiDepressants Allowed for Those Under 25

by Delores Williams (writer), Los Angeles, May 31, 2007

The FDA has proposed putting more warnings on the labels of antidepressants. This time the FDA is targeting young adults up to age 24. Their reasoning is simple; studies have shown that within the first two months of usage in those 24 and under the idea of suicide actually escalate.

Drug companies have come out against this idea saying that it might deter people from taking the medicine all together. Further, they are concerned that doctor’s will stop prescribing their drugs, even for those who do not fall into the age category out of fear of being sued if a suicide does take place. This time the drug companies may have some support from the American Psychiatric Association. According to their president-elect, Dr. Carolyn Robinowitz, “My concern is that by not simply promoting good standards of care and by putting on a black-box label, the FDA may unwittingly limit further access to care.”

In May 2006, GlaxoSmithKline and the FDA had already declared that Paxil had that impact. The FDA reviewed 372 studies with 100,000 patients and 11 antidepressants. They concluded that young adults needed to be closely monitored if place on the drugs, particularly during the first two months of the drug being introduced to the system. That was based on the fact that there were elevated suicidal thoughts and actions in those ages 24 and younger.

90 million prescriptions for antidepressants are written each year. Many have charged that America is overmedicated and that doctors are just dispensing out antidepressants for anyone that asks without regard to their necessity.
Doctors are also accused of looking at the long-term instead of the short-term effect of the antidepressants they have been prescribing.

The medical community says they inundated with pressure from drug companies, clients who self-diagnose, and sue happy people. They are caught up in a maze that they can never win.

The good news is that those over 25 seem to have less suicidal behavior and thoughts. In fact, the older one gets the less those thoughts and behaviors are a factor.

Symptoms of Depression (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/depression.cfm#ptdep3)
· Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
· Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
· Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
· Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
· Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
· Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
· Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
· Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
· Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
· Restlessness, irritability
· Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain


About the Writer

Delores Williams is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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