Popular anti-seizure drugs may seriously increase a patient’s risk of suicide and violent death, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. During the course of the study, there were 801 attempted suicides, 26 successful suicides and 41 violent deaths.
Because of the FDA’s concerns, drug manufacturers have revised their warning labels to state that young adults — 18-24 years old — may be at an elevated risk of suicidal thought and behavior while using these medications.
Approximately 41 percent of our military forces serving on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq are within this same age range. In addition, 40 percent of Army suicide victims in 2006 and 2007 are believed to have taken some type of anti-depressant medication.