Medical News Summary: Antidepressant ordered to include a black label due to suicide risk


About: Antidepressant ordered to include a black label due to suicide risk
Date: 21 November 2004
Source: The Record (Bergen County, J.J.)
Author: Candy J. Cooper
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by The Record (Bergen County, J.J.)): Use of antidepressant medication in children and adolescents has shown a marked decrease since the FDA ordered the manufacturer to put a black box label on antidepressants. Evidence is mounting that antidepressant use in children and adolescents is leading to increasing number of suicides. Research results show that 2-3% of children who take antidepressants, suffer from an increase in suicidal thoughts. However, many clinicians believe that antidepressants are invaluable in preventing suicides by treating depression. All believe that accurate diagnosis and close monitoring is essential.
Related Disease Topics: Depression, Suicide

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