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Young people who start antidepressants at higher doses more prone to suicidal thoughts

Children and young adults who start taking antidepressants at higher than recommended doses are twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide than those who begin treatment at lower doses, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. For the study, researchers examined data from 1998 through 2010 on about 163,000 people ages 10 to 64 who were treated for depression. Some people in the study were given the recommended dosage, while others were started at higher doses. It was not made clear why some individuals started at higher-than-typical doses. About 18 percent of 10- to ... Read More

Boys with autism more likely to have been exposed to SSRIs in womb

Boys born to women who took a type of antidepressant during pregnancy were three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than boys who were not exposed to the drugs in utero, a new study has found. The greatest risk was in boys who were exposed to the drugs during the mother’s first trimester of pregnancy. Researchers also found boys exposed to these antidepressants were more likely to have developmental delays. The new study, published this week online and in the May issue of the journal Pediatrics, focused on a commonly prescribed class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin ... Read More

Forest to pay millions to Missouri parents for misleading drug data on childhood depression meds

Forest Laboratories will pay between $7.7 million and $10.4 million to settle multidistrict litigation alleging the drug company misled Missouri parents into buying Celexa and Lexapro for their children even though the antidepressants were not approved for children. The class includes all parents and other third parties in Missouri who purchased Celexa for a minor patient between Jan. 1, 1998, and Dec. 31, 2013, or Lexapro for a child between Aug. 1, 2002, and Dec. 31, 2013. Forest is accused of covering up clinical trial data that showed Celexa was ineffective in treating pediatric depression based on studies from as ... Read More

5 health products that are dangerous to women

Medical devices, prescription drugs, and even consumer products offer unique benefits to women. But sometimes they can cause unexpected harm. Here are some products that women should use with caution: 1. Talcum powder – It might sound far-fetched, but women who apply baby powder or body powder regularly to their genitals are a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not use the product. Talcum powder, derived from talc, contains various elements, including asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. Researchers say the powder when applied to the genitals can travel up the vagina through the uterus ... Read More

4 prescription drugs that can be dangerous to your health

Doctors prescribe medication to help relieve symptoms, clear up infections, or prevent or control serious health problems. However, even well-intending drugs can cause serious and even life threatening side effects that people should be aware of. Here’s a list of commonly prescribed medications and their potential adverse effects. 1. Type 2 diabetes drugs – Diabetics rely on these drugs to help keep their blood sugar levels in check. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health consequences including heart disease, kidney disease, dementia and neuropathy, to name a few. But these drugs can carry cancer risks. Studies have linked the widely ... Read More

SSRI antidepressants taken before pregnancy could increase the risk of autism in babies

Many concerns have been raised about the serious effects some antidepressants can have on developing fetuses when taken by their mothers during pregnancy. A new study suggests that the drugs may cause problems for babies if taken by women before they became pregnant, even if they do not use the drugs once they conceive. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants in the country. These include brand names such as Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa and Prozac. Mounting studies show that babies born to women who take SSRIs while pregnant are at greater risk of serious ... Read More

European drug regulators place stronger birth defects warnings on SSRI antidepressants

Four years before she became pregnant, Anna Wilson was prescribed the antidepressant Celexa (citalopram) to treat symptoms of anxiety. Her doctor told her that it would be OK to continue to take the medication even when she starting trying to get pregnant. The safety label for Celexa did not indicate the drug would be dangerous for unborn babies. Unfortunately, Anna would learn the hard way that developing fetuses are particularly vulnerable to ill effects from the drug. Celexa is in a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Other drugs in this class include the brand names Paxil, ... Read More

SSRI use during pregnancy increases risk of premature birth, birth defects

Commonly prescribed antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, can cause birth defects if taken by the mother during pregnancy, a report in the United Kingdom’s Guardian Express warns. “Most mothers want to take the best care of themselves while they are pregnant, understandably. However, the pharmaceutical industry has other intentions for mothers-to-be,” Lucille Femine writes. “The powerful and profit-driven motives of the giant industry has raked in billions of dollars pushing dangerous drugs on pregnant women, taking full advantage of the common occurrence of depression during pregnancy.” Several studies have confirmed that SSRIs, known by the brand ... Read More

SSRI Lexapro may help reduce stress-related heart injury

Emotional stress can cause a heart syndrome known as mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia (MSIMI), and nearly 75 percent of people with coronary heart disease are susceptible to the condition. A new study suggests a type of antidepressant can reduce this risk. MSIMI can reduce the amount of blood and oxygen that flow through the heart, keeping it from working at top capacity, which can increase the risk for heart attacks and death. It is unknown how emotional pressure affects MSIMI, but considering this link, scientists set out to see if taking the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants, known as ... Read More

SSRIs, SNRIs could ease symptoms for fibromyalgia sufferers

Antidepressants may offer relief for people who suffer with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic central hypersensitivity syndrome, which occurs when the central nervous system becomes hypersensitive to different stimulus. This results in patients reporting a variety of symptoms including muscle pain, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue. Studies suggest that central hypersensitivity is mainly caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine, which work to keep pain sensation and mood in balance. When levels of serotonin or norepinephrine are out of balance, which occurs with fibromyalgia and depression, the brain cannot properly process pain signals, exaggerating one’s ... Read More