Zoloft and Paxil Linked to Suicides
People suffering from depression and other psychotic disorders rely on antidepressants such as Paxil and Zoloft to help them lead normal lives. Unfortunately what some find is quite the opposite. They face a worsening of their conditions, aggression, and suicidal thoughts and attempts. There have been several high-profile cases in which patients taking Paxil either took their own lives or those of loved ones.
Paxil and Zoloft, along with Prozac, are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. Part of a class of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI), these drugs have been linked to an increase in suicidal behavior and self harm in patients taking them.
Zoloft, Paxil, and the FDA
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Health Advisory for Paxil, Zoloft, and other SSRIs. The FDA asked manufacturers to include in their labeling a Warning statement urging health care providers to be on the lookout for the worsening of the depression on the onset of suicidal behavior as well as other common side effects, including:
- Panic Attacks
- Akathisia (severe restlessness)
Children and Young Adults at Highest Risk
Although Paxil and Zoloft are not approved by the FDA to treat children, doctors have prescribed these drugs to children. Several studies involving over 4,200 children have shown that children and young adults prescribed antidepressants are twice as likely as those given placebos to become suicidal.
These studies coincide with results found in England that led Britain’s Department of Health to ban Paxil (or its English equivalent Saroxat) from being prescribed to anyone under the age of 18.
Although Paxil and Zoloft are commonly prescribed to treat depression, they are also prescribed to treat:
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Post traumatic stress disorder
Zoloft Birth Defects
Many antidepressants are known causes of birth defects. If you took an antidepressant during pregnancy, and your child was born with a birth defect, you may want to learn more about Zoloft birth defects.
If you or your loved one has suffered a Zoloft injury, contact us today. Submit the form to the right and we’ll let you know if you have a case and if we can represent you.