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Tuesday, 26 April 2005 10:01
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
Prozac for children to be banned
The European Medicines Agency have done a review on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), two classes of antidepressants they have concluded that this group of drugs should not be prescribed for children or adolescents as it can make some children and adolescents feel suicidal or become hostile and aggressive.

They have recommended that Prozac should not be given to children or adolescents Prozac is the only antidepressant that doctors can prescribe to children in Britain, following a safety review in 2003, Prozac was singled out by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) as the only one of the modern generation of antidepressants that was effective and safe for children. All others were banned for children in December 2003.

The European decision has put doctors in a bigger quandary than before. Those who were convinced that antidepressants worked in children would have prescribed Prozac but GPs and psychiatrists will have problems offering anything else, because there is a serious shortage of alternatives. There are long waiting lists for the so-called "talking therapies" because of shortages of funds and counselling staff.


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