UPDATED: IT WAS A WARNING NOT A BLACK BOX WARNING
I’ve been seeing this everywhere for the last 24 hours or so, but haven’t felt like dealing with getting it up here. It’s something lot’s of you will want to know though. Many of these drugs are only used for seizure disorders…but a good number are used to control mood.
BLACK BOX WARNINGS FOR SUICIDALITY ARE NOW REQUIRED ON Carbatrol, Celontin, Depakene, Depakote ER, Depakote sprinkles, Depakote tablets, Dilantin, Equetro, Felbatol, Gabitril, Keppra, Keppra XR, Klonopin, Lamictal, Lyrica, Mysoline, Neurontin, Peganone, Stavzor, Tegretol, Tegretol XR, Topamax, Tranxene, Tridione, Trileptal, Zarontin, Zonegran, and generics.
Black box warning is the most serious danger warning the FDA ever puts on a drug. The next sign of dangerousness is removal from the market. AND I GOT MY INFO FROM A SOURCE WHO MADE A MISTAKE–I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN HAVING SEEN SIMILAR HEADLINES AROUND THE CLOCK. SO IN FACT IT’S NOT A BLACK BOX WARNING…IT’S A WARNING BUT NOT THE MOST SERIOUS WARNING THE FDA PUTS OUT.
From The Boston Herald (but it’s being reported everywhere—I got my first alert from the FDA warning email list I’m on):
The Food and Drug Administration has alerted physicians to new warnings on anti-seizure drugs about heightened risks of suicidal tendencies, following an earlier announcement that the labels would be required.
The labeling applies to more than 20 medications used to control seizures, psychiatric disorders and nerve pain. The warnings caution doctors that there is increased “risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients taking these drugs for any indication.”