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Published on Oct 25, 2005 by Edgar Snyder

Children Taking Fewer Antidepressants

Child taking medication

Heeding warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), parents are doing their homework on antidepressants. A year after black-box warning labels linked antidepressant usage in children to suicidal behavior, the use of the drugs to treat childhood depression is declining.

Recent studies show:

  • A 20% decline in prescriptions between January 2002 and July 2005 according to FDA.
  • A 25% decline since January 2003, as reported by Medco Health Solutions.
  • According to the FDA, prescriptions fell 32% for children 12 and under and 18% for those 12 to 18.
  • Prozac prescriptions increased, the only drug approved for childhood depression.

Last year, the FDA ordered black-box warning labels, the most severe warnings, to be added to the drugs. At that time, two out of every 100 kids became more suicidal while taking the prescription drugs.

For more information about antidepressants, visit the Dangerous and Recalled Drugs Legal Center.

Please note: All of our lawyers are licensed to practice in the state of Pennsylvania. We also have lawyers licensed to practice in Ohio, and West Virginia and we associate with experienced attorneys in other states. In addition, all drug-related litigation involves co-counsel.

Source: “After suicide link, kids taking fewer antidepressants.” By Marilyn Elias. USA Today. October 25, 2005.
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