Antidepressants Are Not Helpful For Kids And Teens

Posted: Jun 9 2016, 6:13am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Antidepressants are Not Helpful for Kids and Teens
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  • Researchers say that Antidepressants are not Necessarily Helpful for Teens

Many researchers are now saying that antidepressants are not necessarily helpful for teens.

The word is just in. Antidepressants are not all they are made out to be. Especially in juveniles and teenagers, they may do more harm than good. They don’t help relieve the angst felt by some children and adolescents.

Many of them may even be downright dangerous if consumed in a careless manner. From more than a dozen antidepressant drugs, only fluoxetine or Prozac managed to come out as a relatively helpful agent among teens. At least, it was better than other placebos at relieving some of the symptoms.  

Venlafaxine, another drug caused suicidal idealization and attempts at the outrageous act of taking one’s own life. Since most of the trials that were carried out with the drugs were funded by big pharma companies, they were unreliable and biased at best.

A close observational study was needed to see how teenagers and children reacted to the antidepressants in the earliest stages of taking them. There appear to be no benefits and a lot of side effects of antidepressants in the young at heart. 

Depression strikes 3% of children between 6 and 12 years of age. It also attacks 6% of teenagers who are from 13 to 18 years of age. A dozen years back, the FDA issued guidelines regarding the use of antidepressants among teenagers due to the risk of suicidal behavior.

However, the public seems not to have picked up the message. Between that date in time and 2012, the number of young users began to multiply.

This was seen both in the USA and the UK. In the UK alone those who were less than 19 years of age and took antidepressants increased from 0.7% to 1.1%. 

A study of 34 trials with 5260 individuals aged between 9 and 18 showed that only fluoxetine managed to escape the label of risky medicine. Other drugs such as nortriptyline, imipramine, venlafaxine and duloxetine fared badly in their actions on the human brain.

The suicide risk is too much to prescribe these drugs to anybody with a case of the winter blues. These are potent drugs that need to be taken with responsibility.

To show confidence where there were fault-lines in the research is not a very wise thing to do. The big pharma companies which comprise 65% of the input in the trials ought to prove themselves more virtuous than they currently are. Drugs do a number on the brain and no one wants to lose his life taking a few pills that reduce tension on a temporary basis. 

This study got published in the journal The Lancet.

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