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