On Dr David Healy’s latest post about the ‘continuation phase’ in the Seroxat (Paxil) study 329 trials, the mother of a young man harmed by Seroxat raised a very important point.
” why suddenly at age 18 it is safe to take Seroxat, whereas up to that age, classed as ‘child’ or ‘teen’ it isn’t. Does the brain suddenly change on one’s 18 the birthday? “
This is an interesting question which I have covered many times on my blog. Why is Seroxat considered dangerous for under 18’s (it’s banned in this age group) but safe for older than 18? Is this simply because GSK expect an 18 year old (legally classed as an adult) to be old enough to take responsibility for the possible risk to their life from ingesting a dangerous drug like Seroxat? Similar to the way alcohol and cigarettes are also substances only allowed for over 18’s?
Despite having raised this issue many times, it seems nobody can give a clear answer as to why a drug banned for under-18’s- because it increases rates of suicidal impulses and behaviors, self harm, and aggression- is apparently safe enough for adults to take?
According to Dr Healy:
“The effects of the drug are the same in all age brackets. There is nothing in particular about youth.”
If there is nothing in particular about youth, and the effects are the same for all age brackets with Seroxat, then why is it sold on the adult market?
It doesn’t make sense to me..
Perhaps someone can explain it to me?