Tuesday, November 04, 2008

NHS leaflets encourage kids to take psychiatric drugs, the safety of which has not been studied on children

Does anyone else find the use of sweet Disney-like cartoon characters to encourage kids to take mind-altering drugs that have horrific side effects (like suicide) disturbing or is it just me? We certainly have come a long way from "just a spoonful of sugar"! Even more disturbing is the fact that the safety of 2 of these drugs on children has not even been studied!

What is Atomoxetine?

Atomoxetine (brand name: Strattera) may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions in children and teenagers.... Be sure that the benefits of using Atomoxetine outweigh the risks. Family and caregivers must closely observe patients who take Atomoxetine. It is important to keep in close contact with the patient's doctor. Tell the doctor right away if the patient has symptoms such as worsened depression, suicidal thoughts, or changes in behavior. Talk with the patient's doctor if you have any questions.

What is Olanzapine?

Olanzapine (brand name: Zyprexa) ... At the start of Zyprexa therapy, the drug can cause extreme low blood pressure, increased heart rate, dizziness, and, in rare cases, a tendency to faint when first standing up.

More common side effects may include:
Agitation, change in personality, constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, increased appetite, indigestion, low blood pressure upon standing, sleepiness, tremor, weakness, weight gain

The safety and effectiveness of Zyprexa have not been studied in children.

What is Risperidone?

Risperidone ... Side effects include: Anxiety or nervousness; changes in vision, including blurred vision; decreased sexual desire or performance; loss of balance control; mask-like face; menstrual changes; mood or mental changes, including aggressive behavior, agitation, difficulty in concentration, and memory problems; problems in urination or increase in amount of urine; restlessness or need to keep moving (severe); shuffling walk; skin rash or itching; stiffness or weakness of arms or legs; tic-like or twitching movements; trembling and shaking of fingers and hands; trouble in sleeping

Some side effects, such as uncontrolled movements of the mouth, tongue, and jaw, or uncontrolled movements of arms and legs, may occur after you have stopped taking this medicine. If you notice any of these effects, check with your doctor as soon as possible.

Studies on this medicine have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of risperidone in children with use in other age groups.
  1. Sign the petition here to require drug manufactures to add Black Box Warnings for adverse reactions of psychotropic drugs -http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Drug-Warnings/
  2. Watch the video called "Side Effects" here: http://www.cchr.org
  3. When next in London, visit the free exhibition that includes a display on the amazing work of CCHR (Citizens Commission on Human Rights), open all day, 7 days a week from morning 'till night, at the Church of Scientology London, 146 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4BY. http://www.scientology-london.org

1 comment:

Ben Hansen said...

We've added these NHS leaflets to our Marvelous Mental Medicine Show's "Kid Stuff" page:

We're always looking for similar items to include in the Institute's Medicine Show, so please drop us a line if you come across anything else which might be of interest to us.

Best regards,
Ben Hansen
Special Assistant to Dr. M.I. Bonkers, M.D.
Institute for Nearly Genuine Research