High court revives Paxil, Zoloft suits

It’s always pissed me off that the suicide black box warning on antidepressants only go up to people 25 years of age or younger. It’s utter bullshit. I know of way too many people, those I’ve communicated with as well as those I’ve read about for whom SSRIs and SNRIs crank up suicidal ideation as well as actions in ANY age person. They are highly destabilizing drugs and can make people feel pretty damn wacky. Unfortunately they also lead to homicide sometimes. I don’t believe that’s been legally visited at all, not in the form of any victories.

Less talked about, but also common is that neuroleptics can do this. Akathisia, is the clinical term for how these drugs make someone feel crazy. I’ve suffered from akathisia, and while it’s not made me homicidal or particularly suicidal, it’s not at all a stretch for me to imagine how it would lead to that in some folks. It’s an insanely crazy feeling of restlessness, add that to feeling already feeling pained or angry or some other form of normal human distress and well, you get people acting crap out, but it’s DRUG INDUCED! Very often these are feelings people have NEVER had before taking the drug. And I can speak to that, at least, that certainly there were bizarre mental experiences I had that I would NEVER had experienced had it not been for the drugging.

Anyway here, from Bloomberg News, borrowed from Fiddy, is this promising lawsuit. Of course, we need to include all the SSRIs and SNRIs and atypical antipsychotics too, but I am happy with this as a first step:

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday gave life to two lawsuits faulting Pfizer Inc. and a GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C. unit for failing to warn that their antidepressants might cause suicidal tendencies in adults.

The justices told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, which had rejected the suits, to reconsider them in light of last week’s Supreme Court decision giving patients more ability to sue drugmakers.

The antidepressant suits are being pressed by relatives of a woman who killed herself after taking Glaxo’s Paxil and a man who committed suicide after taking Pfizer’s Zoloft. (read rest here)

Via: Seroxat Sufferers

5 thoughts on “High court revives Paxil, Zoloft suits

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  1. The really weird thing about these drugs is how they PROMISE healing and health and what they deliver in some more than not circumstances is the opposite. 😦
    I can’t understand the cut off of the 25 and under – everyone is at risk when taking these potent drugs.


  2. Hi

    the 25 yr old cut off point has always angered me too. I have often wondered what it is that researchers/drs/pharma thinks happens to the human body at 25 that suddenly makes SSRIs/SNRIs palatable? GRRRR.

    I have confused myself now by having two different handles! I impetuously signed up to the beyondmeds forum as madeira, whereas I have used Keener here before. Neither of which are my real names. What a kerfuffle.
    Best wishes


  3. I developed akathisia when I took Abilify. I was a teenager then and had no idea what the hell was happening. I became extremely restless and could not stop moving. I would sit down, then stand up and pace repeatedly. When I stopped taking the Abilify, it took a couple weeks for the akathisia to go away. I was missing school from the akathisia, so I eventually had to go to school when the akathisia was less intense. The akathisia went away after a couple weeks, but it is scary for a teenager to suddenly develop a movement disorder and not know what was going on. I was so scared, I didn’t know what was happening. Akathisia is very scary, especially for adolescents who don’t know what it is or what it’s from. I couldn’t sleep or sit still and kept passing. Akathisia was terrifying.


    1. it is terrifying princess…your form of akathisia is the more common…but there is also internal akathisia and that goes unrecognized even more often and so it can be even more of a nightmare…

      I’m glad you’ve escaped.



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