ADD and ADHD Drugs: FDA’s Black Box Warnings and Side Effects

U.S. physicians write millions of antidepressant prescriptions per year to patients under the age of 18 and even more for adults.

In 2004 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directed the manufacturers of all antidepressant medications to add a “black box” warning that describes the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children and adolescents given antidepressant medications. A “black box” warning is the most serious warning placed in the labeling of a prescription medication. Read the rest of this entry »