In May of 2006, GlaxoSmithKline has warned patients about the suicide risk associated with the anti-depressant drug Paxil. The warning is specifically aimed at young adults (18-30) who are having suicidal thoughts.
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The FDA and GlaxoSmithKline have notified doctors about the warning and the drugs packing detailing the warning has been updates with the additional risks. Most anti-depressants carry warnings about a possible increase in suicidal thoughts or self mutilation in minors and adolescents with suffering from depression and other psychiatric disorders. This new Paxil warning focuses on young adults aged 18-30. Paxil has not been approved for patients younger than 18.
GlaxoSmithKline states that it "continues to believe that the overall risk: benefit of paroxetine in the treatment of adult patients with MDD [major depressive disorder] and other non-depressive psychiatric disorders remains positive."
Paxil & Suicide
Paxil has been linked with suicide, suicidal thinking, self mutilation and violence in children and young adults. On May 12, 2006, the FDA issued a Paxil warning after attaining the results of a study showing that Paxil increases suicide risk in young adults between the ages of 18 and 30. An sample of 15,000 patients revealed eleven attempted suicides among Paxil users and only one attempted suicide among those taking the placebo. Of the 11 attempted suicides, 8 were in people between the ages of 18 and 30.
Paxil is commonly used to treat depression but has also been prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. More than 17 million people worldwide have been treated with Paxil and over 70 million prescriptions have been given.