Drug Company & the FDA Finally Admit Paxil Causes Increased Suicide Risk

After years of repeated warnings by groups like the Citizens Commission On Human Rights – the United States FDA & the drug company Glaxo Smith Kline (the maker of Paxil) have admitted that patients taking Paxil have a dramatic increase in suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide. This being such a horrible side effect you would think they should have told you this earlier when they first found out about it.

In fact, its an increase of over 600%!!! Would you like to take a drug that makes you six times more likely to kills yourself? How about it you are depressed and seeking help for suicidal thoughts already? Yet that’s exactly what Paxil is prescribed for!

In an article by the LA times it is mentioned that several antidepressants like Paxil were already required to carry a “black boxâ€? warning about the increase of suicidal thoughts in children taking these drugs, but these recent findings now indicate that adults are also at risk. In the article a representative for the maker of the antidepressant Paxil said: “At some point, the FDA is going to say what their analysis shows across the category “ Are they finally admitting that antidepressants all have this horrific side effect? We’ve been warning about this for a long time and I’m happy they are finally being forced to admit the truth.

It seems that Glaxo Smith Kline has been aware of this problem since before the drug even had FDA approval. This article by the Sierra Times reviews the fact on how the drug makers have been secretly settling out of court with anyone who complains of these types of strong side effects and death. The terms of these settlements make the victims to remain silent and not disclose what happened. Thus preventing the public and the FDA from finding out about all the people who kill themselves taking these types of drugs.

In the article it mentions: “Glaxo currently faces thousands of lawsuits over Paxil side effects related to addiction, dependence, and a severe withdrawal syndrome.

SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) like Paxil, are not addictive in the sense that “an individual would mortgage their livelihoods and all they hold dear for further supplies of the drug,� according to Dr David Healy MD, FRCPsych, North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine

SSRIs can hook patients in the sense of making you “physically dependent,� he explains. “

I did a little research and found the actual report on the FDA website. You can click here to find the report on Paxil’s risk of suicide as a side effect. In the report it says Results of this analysis showed a higher frequency of suicidal behavior in young adults “. On the FDA’s page is a link to a Glaxo Smith Kline document. Which you can find here: Glaxo’s letter to doctors about Paxils suicide side effect.

I encourage anyone who has ever experience any side effect like this to report it to the FDA:

FDA’s MedWatch Adverse EventReporting program online (at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm), by phone (1-800-FDA-1088),

or by returning the postage-paid FDA form 3500 (which may be downloaded from
www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm) by mail to

5600 Fishers Lane,
Rockville, MD 20852-9787

or fax (1-800-FDA-0178).

Tags: Deaths Caused By Psychiatry, Depression, FDA and Psychiatric Drugs, Paxil, Psychiatry, Drugs & Children, Side Effects

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