Newer Antidepressants Seem To Carry Same Risk For Suicidality In Kids

HealthDay (1/8, Goodman) reports that according to a study published online Jan. 6 in the journal Pediatrics, “newer antidepressants all seem to carry about the same risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors” in children being treated for depression. After reviewing “medical records of nearly 37,000 school-aged kids who were enrolled in Tennessee’s Medicaid program between 1995 and 2006,” researchers found that approximately “one percent of kids who were treated with newer antidepressants – including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) – attempted suicide.” However, the suicide risk was increased in youngsters who were simultaneously taking multiple antidepressants.

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— “Kids’ Suicide Risk Similar for All Newer Antidepressants: Study, “Brenda Goodman, HealthDay, January 7, 2014.

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