FDA Urged To Review Antipsychotics For Kids

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The Food and Drug Administration has been urged by many US Pediatric Health advisers to push further studies and researchers as regards side effects of antipsychotic drugs like weight gain. According to the advisers, these antipsychotic drugs are increasingly taken by children nowadays.

The Pediatric Advisory Committee has voted to support the FDA’s safety monitoring of the antipsychotics. They have also specifically emphasized that the labels of these antipsychotic drugs have to be clear and must highlight the impact of these drugs on children like weight gain and diabetes.

According to Dr. Geoffrey Rosenthal, “We ask that with this upcoming revision that you carefully consider the language around pediatric use and adverse events.” Rosenthal is the committee chair and director of the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

In the next four to six weeks, the FDA will release a modified label for the antipsychotic Abilify—one of the antipsychotic drugs recommended for children’s use. The revised label will contain the drug’s latest clinical trial, metabolic concerns, as well as a reminder for doctors to monitor closely the children’s weight and look for signs and symptoms of diabetes. This is according to Dr. Tom Laughren, FDA’s psychiatry products chief.

The newer wave of antipsychotic medications has raised a ripple of concerns as they have been increasingly prescribed by doctors to younger and younger patients. This is notwithstanding the lack of medical research and conclusive findings which discuss the impacts of these drugs to children.

The more recent antipsychotics are Johnson & Johnson’s Risperdal, Eli Lilly & Co’s Zyprexa, AstraZeneca’s Seroquel, and Abilify, from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.

Says many researchers, the use of these antipsychotics among children has boomed by 65% from the year 2002 to 2009 with most prescriptions given to teenagers. Approximately 1.9 million prescriptions were given to children 18 years and below, from Fall 2009 to Spring, 2011. Most of these prescriptions were given teenagers and toddlers with bipolar disorder; and affective psychoses for children 7 to 12 years old.

According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), antipsychotics are usually pills that people swallow, or liquid they can drink. Some antipsychotics are shots that are given once or twice a month.

Symptoms of schizophrenia, such as feeling agitated and having hallucinations, usually go away within days. Symptoms like delusions usually go away within a few weeks. After about six weeks, many people will see a lot of improvement.

People respond in different ways to antipsychotic medications, and no one can tell beforehand how a person will respond. Sometimes a person needs to try several medications before finding the right one. Doctors and patients can work together to find the best medication or medication combination, and dose.

Antipsychotics can produce unpleasant or dangerous side effects when taken with certain medications. For this reason, all doctors treating a patient need to be aware of all the medications that person is taking. Doctors need to know about prescription and over-the-counter medicine, vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements. People also need to discuss any alcohol or other drug use with their doctor.





  1. Eli Lilly Zyprexa,Risperdal and Seroquel same saga

    The use of powerful antipsychotic drugs has increased in children as young as three years old. Weight gain, increases in triglyceride levels and associated risks for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
    The average weight gain (adults) over the 12 week study period was the highest for Zyprexa—17 pounds. You’d be hard pressed to gain that kind of weight sport-eating your way through the holidays.
    One in 145 adults died in clinical trials of those taking the antipsychotic drugs Zyprexa. This is Lilly’s # 1 product over $ 4 billion year sales,moreover Lilly also make billions on drugs that treat the diabetes often that has been caused by the zyprexa!

    Daniel Haszard Zyprexa victim activist and patient who got diabetes from it.

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