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Antidepressant Might Cause Suicide in Kids

Wyeth warned doctors that tests showed its antidepressant Effexor caused an increased risk of suicidal behavior in children. Wyeth distributed this information in a "Dear Doctor" letter, but interestingly failed to put the update on its Web site announcement list.

This is certainly not new information as many will remember the story about a mom killing her five children while on Effexor. Effexor also has a history of triggering violent behavior in adults, so it is no surprise to find this warning issued for children who are put on Effexor.

This is particularly tragic as there are so many better depression treatment options. Depression is one of the most common afflictions affecting us, so if you or someone you know suffers from this problem, please have them seek the natural options prior to using drugs that could literally be life threatening if they result in suicide.

Yahoo Health News September 3, 2003

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