Saturday, October 08, 2005

NEW Guidelines Call for Watchful Waiting

Warnings that drugs such as Prozac, Paxil and Effexor can increase suicidal behavior in some children have resulted in a nearly 20 percent drop in pediatric U.S. prescriptions of the widely used antidepressants and have triggered deep concerns about the quality of current data on psychiatric drugs, doctors and regulators said.

"I am concerned we are going to see an increase in . . . antipsychotics in this population," said Insel. The federal government's top mental health researcher said it "was amazing" that nearly a quarter of all antipsychotic prescriptions for children are going to those younger than 9, the vast majority of them boys.

"Have we gone from one set of medications of known benefit and of questionable risks to a group of medications with unknown benefits and well-known risks?"


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