Taking antidepressants can make young people more than twice as likely to feel suicidal, a new review of scientific studies shows.
The drugs reduced the likelihood of older people having suicidal thoughts but significantly increased the risk among 18 to 25-year-olds, according to the findings.
Patients taking 18 different antidepressants, including the controversial drug Seroxat, which has previously been linked to fears it could increase the risk of suicide, were included in the review, one of the largest of its kind and involving almost 100,000 adults.
Researchers found that suicidal thoughts and behaviour among under 25-year-olds on antidepressants were up to 2.3 times more common than those who were given a placebo.
Antidepressant drugs currently carry warnings that they could increase suicidal thoughts and behaviour, especially among younger patients.
Celexa Increases the Risk of Suicide
People being treated with SSRIs like Celexa have become violent and suicidal. Others have complained of severe withdrawal reactions.
The FDA in March 2004 issued a warning for Celexa and other antidepressants, stating that the drug can cause suicide and violence in children and teenagers. This FDA public health advisory places doctors, patients and families on notice to be particularly vigilant for signs of worsening depression or suicide thoughts at the beginning of anti-depressant therapy or whenever the dose is changed.
The drugs listed in the FDA warning are all newer antidepressants: Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa, Remeron, Lexapro, Luvox, Serzone and Wellbutrin.
The FDA action follows Britain’s version of the FDA citing in December 2003 evidence of a twofold to threefold increase risk of suicide and suicidal thinking in children and adolescents with the SSRI drugs like Celexa.
- PHYCHIATRISTS REPLY TO SPECULATION ON RISKS.
EXCERPT FROM THE IRISH MEDICAL TIMES MAY 24 2010
The training body for psychiatrists in this country has said that there is ‘no evidence’ of a link existing between antidepressant use and homicide, and that research has failed to establish a causal link between the use of these medications and suicide.
In a detailed three-page document released recently, the College of Psychiatry of Ireland said recent discussions surround-ing these risks had been ‘speculative’ and failed to recognise that untreated depression can have a fatal outcome.
It was also concerned that a mooted link between antidepressants and violence, which it stressed did not have a basis in scientific evidence, risked perpetuating a ‘false and stigmatising stereotype’ that people living with mental illness were violent.
While not referring directly to the case, the College’s statement is a long-awaited direct response to issues raised by the tragic case of 22-year-old Shane Clancy,
The College of Psychiatry of Ireland was not allowed to give evidence at the inquest into Clancy’s death.
( lets answer that..shall we?) Were they at the same inquest.. because i seem to remember that the coroner Cahal Louth
said that anybody that didn,t understand anything was allowed to ask questions. Professor Healy was on the stand for a
considerable time and Patricia Casey of the irish college of psychiatry did not challenge him once. I wonder why?)
The College indicated that evidence was given at the recent inquest at the Wicklow Coroner’s Court that the self-inflicted death of a person — and by inference, the killing of another person — was most likely the direct result of SSRI antidepressant use, specifically, citalopram.
“We address the inquest here simply to respond to the sworn expert evidence, which was, in our view, speculative,” the College stated, in reference to evidence given by Prof David Healy of the University of Cardiff, who said that while ‘extraordinarily rare’, SSRIs could spark suicidal or homicidal reactions.
Responding to this latest statement, Prof Healy was reported as stating that it was ‘astonishing’ that the College would say there was no scientific basis to claims there were risks.