Antidepressants could heighten suicidal thoughts in teens

By Amanda Stewart,

A new study has found that antidepressants, if the dose is incorrect, can cause suicide in young people.

This study was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Children and young adults who were prescribed higher than average doses were twice as likely to attempt suicide as those who were prescribed the average dose, according to NPR.

Randomized control trials found that antidepressants, like Prozac, increased suicidal thinking and behavior in 2004, which prompted the Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning. Later on they expanded the warning to adults up to 25.

According to Tech Times, the FDA said that manufacturers should update their labeling.

"Children and young adults initiating therapy with antidepressants at high-therapeutic (rather than modal-therapeutic) doses seem to be at heightened risk of deliberate self-harm," the researchers wrote.

"The design of the study was meant to really address the question, does dose matter?" Dr. Matthew Miller, lead author of the study said.

Researchers are urging doctors to avoid giving high doses of these drugs to teens and young adults. Lowering the dose could save lives and save these teens from suicidal thoughts.

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