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Prescription Drugs Associated with Violent Behaviour January 23, 2011

Posted by Dreamhealer in Big Pharma.
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A recent study published by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) revealed the top 31 prescription drugs that can cause violent behaviour in patients. Anti-depressants Pristiq, Paxil and Prozac were listed in the top-ten list of most dangerous drugs, along with an insomnia medication, an ADHD drug, an anti-smoking medication and a malaria prescription drug.

Top Ten Prescription Drugs Associated with Violence

The study concluded that, among others, the following drugs have links to violent behaviour in patients:

Varenicline (Chantix) This drug is used to treat smoking addiction. Aside from its many other side effects, the study reveals that it is 18 times more likely to be linked with violence and aggression compared to other drugs.

Fluoxetine (Prozac): According to this study, the popular SSRI antidepressant Prozac is 10.9 times more likely to be linkied with violence compared to other medictions.

Paroxetine(Paxil): Also a popular SSRI antidepressant, Paxil is associated with severe withdrawal symptoms and a greater risk of birth defects compared to other medications.

Amphetamines (Various): Amphetamines are typically used to treat sufferers of ADHD. The drug affects the brain’s dopamine and noradrenaline systems. According to the study, amphetamines are 9.6 times more likely to be linked to violence than other drugs.

Mefoquine (Lariam): A prescription drug for malaria, Lariam has long been known for its adverse side effects such as severe depression, anxiety, paranoia, aggression, nightmares, insomnia, seizures, birth defects and hallucinations. It is 9.5 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs

Atomoxetine (Strattera): This drug is used to treat ADHD and is reported to be 9 times more likely to be associated with violence compared to other medication.A benzodiazepine which is used to treat insomnia.

Triazolam (Halcion): This drug is said to be 8.7 times moe likely to be linked with violent behaviour than other drugs. Other known side effects include heacaches, dizziness, drowsiness and suicidal thoughts.

Fluvoxamine (Luvox): An antidepressant that affects serotonin levels (SSRI), Luvox is 8.4 times more likely than other medications to be linked with violence, according to the study.

Venlafaxine (Effexor): This drug is used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. Effexor is reported to be 8.3 times more likely than other drugs to be related to violent behaviour.

Desvenlafaxine (Pristia): This is an antidepressant drug which affects both serotonin and noradrenaline It is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

Conclusion of Study on Prescription Meds and Violence

In conclusion, the ISMP study stated that: “Acts of violence towards others are a genuine and serious adverse drug event associated with a relatively small group of drugs. Varenicline, which increases the availability of dopamine, and antidepressants with serotonergic effects were the most strongly and consistently implicated drugs”.

This research does not necessarily mean that these drugs cause violent behaviour, and additional research is underway.

Prescription Drugs Associated with Reports of Violence Towards Others, information retrieved 15 January, 2011

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