It continues to amaze me that some physicians still do not warn their patients of the dangers of anti-depressants despite the specific and bold warnings on these drugs to carefully monitor patients for worsening depression and suicidality. Even the drug manufacturers admit that it is absolutely necessary for patients’ families to closely monitor patients for any changes in behavior after beginning or changing a dose with antidepressant drugs.
Doctors still do not warn patients of the risk of suicide and these drugs, despite all the black box warnings and all of the clinical studies, scientific literature, case reports and lawsuits. Doctors cannot continue to expect that patients are aware of these risks of suicide or will learn of such dangers when reading the drug’s labeling. The fact that these dangerous drugs continue to be prescribed at unprecedented rates illustrates that doctors still do not appreciate the risk. And if doctors cannot appreciate the risk, how can their patients?
The risks of antidepressant drugs are real and deadly. These drugs all contain black box labels, the most serious warning a drug could have, for suicide. Doctors may be under the impression that the risk of suicide and these drugs ends at age 25, but common sense suggests that if a drug can cause suicidality at age 24, the risk is no less at age 25.
I understand that doctors believe that these medications may help some people suffering from major depressive disorder; however, whether or not you believe these drugs are effective, it is malpractice to fail to warn a patient about the risks of suicide associated with these drugs. Without warnings to patients and families, patients would be under the sometimes mistaken belief that it is their underlying condition causing their anguish as opposed to the drug they are taking. Suicide is a horrible way to lose a loved one, but is especially cruel when the suicide is caused by a drug and a doctor’s failure to warn of the risks of that drug. Doctors can save lives if they tell their patients and their loved ones that antidepressants can cause changes in behavior and thoughts, and if anyone notices such changes in the patient, then notify the doctor immediately. It is a precautionary step that is so easy for doctors to conduct that to practice any other way would be counterintuitive, not to mention negligent under the law. If a doctor failed to warn you or your loved one about such dangers and someone has been injured, please contact us at www.pbmattorneys.com.