warning on Prozac for under-18s contravenes advice in Britain
by staff reporter
should not be prescribed to under-18s, the European medicines regulator
is despite Prozac being approved for under-18s by Britain's drugs
regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
and other SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) drugs can
make some children and adolescents feel suicidal or become hostile
and aggressive, the European Medicines Agency ruled yesterday
of clinical trials carried out on SSRIs with children show that
they offer little benefit to weigh against the potentially life-threatening
side-effects some under-18s experience.
MHRA came to a similar conclusion in Britain in 2003. But it exempted
Prozac, stating that the drug's benefits outweighed any risks.
European decision means GPs and psychiatrists in Britain face conflicting
European Medicines Agency
21, 2004: Prozac must have suicide warning - advisers to the
US Food and Drug Administration agree antidepressants can cause
some young people to become suicidal.
14, 2003: Doctors told not to prescribe SSRI antidepressants to
under 18s - but should we listen to the new advice? ask some
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