GlaxoSmithKline and the U.S. FDA have sent a letter to doctors warning that the antidepressant Paxil could increase the risk of suicidal behavior in young adults.
During clinical trials testing the drug, there were 11 suicide attempts made by participants taking Paxil, compared to only one suicide attempt among those taking a placebo. The 18-30 age group was at the highest risk, accounting for eight of the 11 Paxil-related incidents.Most antidepressants currently have labels warning patients of the risk of suicidal behavior. The FDA has stressed that patients taking Paxil should be carefully monitored.
This letter is being sent almost a year after the FDA mandated stronger warning labels on 10 selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) -- the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants.
However, the FDA still hasn't announced changes to existing SSRI guidelines, and they're urging patients not to stop taking their Paxil.
There is no doubt that depression is a very serious problem that can devastate your health and cause you to leave the planet prematurely by suicide. In my estimation, depression has the potential to cause far more serious health consequences than all the poor food choices, toxins and poisons we regularly expose ourselves to.
If you feel sad or blue and want to see if you are actually depressed please review the comprehensive depression guidelines I compiled that also include effective therapeutic strategies.
Conventional medical wisdom would have you believe that the solution to depression is to pop one or more pills daily, for months or for the rest of your life, to restore your "chemical imbalance" and bring you "back to normal."
But in fact, not only are antidepressants potentially dangerous, many studies show that there is very little difference between most antidepressants and placebos. In the vast majority of cases it may be that some benefit is noticed because the person taking the pill believes that the pill will heal their depression, rather than the pill itself doing anything at all. And if that is the case, why not use a method that does not involve potentially toxic chemicals?
There are far safer and healthier options available to you than taking an SSRI or any other drug for depression: