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Antidepressants for Kids Likely to Receive Stronger Warnings

The September 8, 2004 edition from the USA Today included a write-up which reported that scientific advisers for the Food and Drug Administration are expected to propose tougher caution labels or other restrictions on antidepressants associated with suicidal behavior in youngsters. The report states that currently over a million U.S. children take this sort of medication.

The content reported that the analysis of previous studies, confirmed that those children on antidepressants might be nearly two times as likely to become suicidal as kids given sugar pills. Dr. Graham Emslie, child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, stated, "They're going to need to take action. The horror stories happen to be just too horrible, and their advisory committee will likely be influenced."

At a US Food and Drug Administration hearing held in February of 2004 dozens of parents testified that antidepressants had caused their kids to kill themselves. The USA Today article notes that some psychiatrists say in real-life medical practice, kids with minor adjustment problems are all too often put on antidepressants. Many doctors say the drugs occasionally trigger a frenzied, impulsive agitation that can lead to suicide.

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