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Published on Feb 01, 2005 by Edgar Snyder

Zoloft and antidepressants implicated in adolescent suicides and other violence

Zoloft

Zoloft and other antidepressants may cause suicidal behavior in about two out of 100 children and teenagers taking the pills, according to studies reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The link between SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) antidepressants and suicide prompted the FDA to order "black box" labels on these prescriptions, the strongest warning issued by the government regulatory agency. Other SSRI drugs include Effexor, Paxil and Prozac.

Source: USA Today: "Suicide alert has parents rethinking antidepressants" by Marily Elias. February 2005; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Trial puts Zoloft in spotlight." February 2005; Pfizer Web site.
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