Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Certain Epilepsy Drugs Get a Suicide Warning

the FDA has approved new labels for epilepsy drugs that include warnings about an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors associated with the medicines.

The labeling for the epilepsy drugs Topamax, Lamictal, Tegretol and Trileptal come after the FDA ordered the drugs' labels be updated with warnings about suicidal risks with the medications.

In December, the FDA issued a public-health advisory about the drugs, saying a review of clinical studies showed there was one additional case of suicidal thoughts or behaviors for every 500 patients treated with an anti-epileptic drugs compared with a placebo, or fake pill.

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