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Common Antidepressant Is Unsafe for Teens: Study

Reanalysis upends results of 2001 study on Paxil, funded by its marketer

(Newser) - A 2001 study of antidepressant Paxil, or paroxetine, found it to be a safe and effective treatment for depression in adolescents. Fourteen years later, a second study based on identical data has found the opposite: Paxil can make young people suicidal and likely to hurt themselves, researchers say, per HealthDay... More »

2 Antidepressants Linked to Birth Defects

Paxil and Prozac implicated; newer SSRIs like Zoloft, Celexa cleared

(Newser) - A CDC study of almost 28,000 women has shown links between use of the antidepressants Paxil and Prozac and birth defects, Reuters reports. The study, published in the British Medical Journal , sought to answer long-debated questions about the effect of taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, during pregnancy,... More »

GlaxoSmithKline Settles Fraud Case for Record $3B

It's the largest penalty ever paid by a health care company in US

(Newser) - GlaxoSmithKline is about to set a new record: It's paying $3 billion in what government officials say is the largest health care fraud settlement in US history, the AP reports. The company will plead guilty to charges related to three drugs, the Justice Department says: Prosecutors say GSK promoted... More »

Antidepressants: Identity Killers for Teens?

Katherine Sharpe: Young people forgetting how to feel 'like themselves'

(Newser) - Our growing interest in medicating children has created a scary subgroup of adolescents: those who "have known themselves longer on medication than off it," writes Katherine Sharpe in the Wall Street Journal . Sharpe, herself a former antidepressant user, says such prescriptions raise "tough questions ... for adolescents whose... More »

Antidepressants, Miscarriage Linked

Use translates into a 68% increased risk, say researchers

(Newser) - Women who take antidepressants while pregnant run an increased risk of suffering a miscarriage, according to a new study. Canadian scientists looked at the records of 70,000 women and found that of the 5,000 who had a clinically recorded miscarriage, 5.5% had filled at least one prescription... More »

Antidepressants Don't Work for 70% of Patients

Little better than placebos in all but the most severe cases

(Newser) - Antidepressants are little better than a placebo for all but the most severe cases of depression, according to a new analysis of recent studies. “For patients with very severe depression, the medication did have a potent effect,” the study’s lead author tells WebMD . But the effects “... More »

Beware: Antidepressants Could Kill Your Sex Life

New studies show surprising libido effects in antidepressants

(Newser) - An impaired sex drive has long been recognized as an occasional side effect of some antidepressants, but recent research suggests the drugs' libido-stifling powers might be far more widespread than doctors and patients thought. The prevalence of users experiencing numbness or fleeting arousal may be as high as 50%, and... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Boy Killer's Appeal

He claims drugs made him shoot grandparents

(Newser) - The Supreme Court refused today to let a teenage boy appeal his 30-year sentence for double-murder, CNN reports. Christopher Pittman, who was tried as an adult in South Carolina 3 years ago, is serving the longest sentence ever for someone his age—and blames antidepressants for inspiring him to kill... More »

Antidepressant Warning Preceded Youth Suicide Surge

Unintended effect unfolded as use fell

(Newser) - Four years after the FDA and other agencies sparked a drop in antidepressant use by labeling the meds a suicide risk for young people, a new study shows the results were exactly the opposite of what regulators intended. From 2003 to 2004, the suicide rate among people under 19 rose... More »

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