Study looks at Prozac, Paxil and suicide

July 21, 2004|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

Prozac and similar mood-altering drugs do not seem to cause more suicides than older, less controversial antidepressants, say doctors at Boston University.

Based on nearly 160,000 doctors' records from Britain in the 1990s, the researchers found that Prozac and Paxil - both from a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors - caused no more suicidal tendencies than two antidepressants from a class known as tricyclics.

The study also found no difference in suicidal behavior between adults and teenagers - another controversial issue concerning antidepressants.

But the study did find a significantly higher risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts for all the drugs during the first nine days of treatment.

The study, published in today's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, could help alleviate some concerns about the use of the drugs.

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