In America antidepressants including Celexa/Cipramil have come with a black box warning since 2004 following studys which showed a greater risk of suicidality with patients treated with this medication.Link. The Black-box warning was updated in 2007 to include warnings for young adults up to age 24. Link.
FDA Warning… Antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults when the medicine is first started. Link.
Professor David Healy…”while extraordinarily rare, SSRI’s could spark suicidal or homicidal reactions”.
Irish College of Psychiatry…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…Link.
1: ‘Antidepressants and Violence; Prof. David Healy et al. PLoS Medicine, here.
2. ‘Suicidality, Violence and Mania Caused by SSRIs; Dr Peter R Breggin. here.
3. PLoS one..drugs associated with violence. Here.
FDA, Celexa Alert for Celexa in pregnancy. Link. IMB…None.
The manufacturers of Celexa/Cipramil Lundbeck (Forest Labs have the licence to kill, sorry I meant sell, in the U.S) also have conflicting opinions, depending on which country you live in…
Ireland. A statement from Lundbeck, the makers of Cirpramil, said there was “no evidence” linking the drug to violence and it actually had the opposite impact. There was no increase in the risk of suicide and studies had shown no increase in violent behaviour in those who take the drug. Lundbeck Statement
Canada. Lundbeck admits to reports of self harm and harm to others. “There are clinical trial and post-marketing reports with SSRIs and other newer anti-depressants, in both pediatrics and adults, of severe agitation-type adverse events coupled with self-harm or harm to others”. Health Canada, Lundbeck Letter.