“Powerful antipsychotic medicines are being used far too cavalierly in children”

So begins the first sentence in this NYTs article.

Powerful antipsychotic medicines are being used far too cavalierly in children, and federal drug regulators must do more to warn doctors of their substantial risks, a panel of federal drug experts said Tuesday.

More than 389,000 children and teenagers were treated last year with Risperdal, one of five popular medicines known as atypical antipsychotics. Of those patients, 240,000 were 12 or younger, according to data presented to the committee. In many cases, the drug was prescribed to treat attention deficit disorders.

But Risperdal is not approved for attention deficit problems, and its risks — which include substantial weight gain, metabolic disorders and muscular tics that can be permanent — are too profound to justify its use in treating such disorders, panel members said…

….From 1993 through the first three months of 2008, 1,207 children given Risperdal suffered serious problems, including 31 who died. Among the deaths was a 9-year-old with attention deficit problems who suffered a fatal stroke 12 days after starting therapy with Risperdal. (that’s just Risperdal folks!)

Of course the first thing I did after I saw this article was take a trip over to Furious Seasons who is on it. So read his commentary there. I can’t do it better and I feel like crap—my hormones are acting up again!! Need to rest easy.

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  1. Risperdal sucks. I took a low dose of that for about 6 months or so when I was 14. I was lucky when I took it I was very skinny after many years of stimulants and amphetamines. Now it’s been seven years and I’m back to being as skinny as I was before the Risperdal. Risperdal messed up my periods permanately. Risperdal blows. I get so upset with that doctor from back then. Risperdal has the worst side effects of any psyche med I’ve ever been on.

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  2. The most disheartening thing that I saw “not happen” with the collapse of our banking system….Nobody went to jail….

    This is what I see with this scandal….and “crime”….

    I’ll believe we have a justice system in this country when people start going to jail for crimes like this….

    Because to do this to children is a crime!

    Duane

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