Mind Matters

FDA Antidepressant Warnings

Anti depressants are safe and effective. But some studies revealed that youngsters are susceptible to some troublesome side effects. Food and Drug Administration Studies of USA revealed that four percent of the younger population who are under the treatment of antidepressants either committed suicide or thought of committing suicide. Importantly, the same studies also revealed that among the the subjects who were given placebo (sugar pill) only two percent have shown such a trend.
Black Box warning: In the year 2005 FDA displayed a black box warning. Under this it made it mandatory for all the related players to strictly display the risk of for developing suicide tendencies. young adults up to the age of 24 come under the preview of this warning. It also warns clearly that rest of the patients also should keep a strict vigil on the effects in them at least for first two weeks.

What are the Possible Side Effects of Anti Depressing Treatment?

Following changes in behaviour occur apart form the usual witnessed suicidal tendencies.

  • Disturbed sleep
  • Agitation
  • Withdrawal from normal social interactions

Do the of use of antidepressants in children outweigh their side effects?
Comprehensive paediatric review trails have been carried out in the years 1988 and 2006. These results reveal that benefits of antidepressants in children and adolescents with Major depressive and anxiety disorders outweigh their side effects.

What is Serotonin Syndrome ?

When antidepressants such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRIs) are used along with commonly used drugs such as “triptan” they result in life threatening serotonin syndrome. The symptoms apart form popular suicidal tendency include hallucination, high fever, blood pressure fluctuations. While it is mostly common with traditional antidepressants its occurrence with the use of atypical antidepressants is not that uncommon.

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