Reports of gunman's antidepressant use renew debate over side effects.Steven Kazmierczak stopped taking Prozac before he shot to death five Northern Illinois University students and himself, his girlfriend said Feb. 17 in a remark likely to fuel the debate over the risks and benefits of drug treatment for emotional problems, "The New York New York, state, United States
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Over the years, the antidepressant antidepressant, any of a wide range of drugs used to treat psychic depression. They are given to elevate mood, counter suicidal thoughts, and increase the effectiveness of psychotherapy. Prozac and its cousins, including Paxil and Zoloft, have been linked to suicide and violence in hundreds of patients. Tens of millions of people have taken them, and doctors say it is almost impossible to tell whether the spasms of violence stem in part from drug reactions or the underlying illnesses.
"It's a real chicken-and-egg sort of situation," said Jane Garland, M.D., director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Anxiety disorders
A group of distinct psychiatric disorders characterized by marked emotional distress and social impairment, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Clinic at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Garland said some people could and did become agitated ag·i·tate
v. ag·i·tat·ed, ag·i·tat·ing, ag·i·tates
1. To cause to move with violence or sudden force.
2. and unpredictable in response to the drugs, usually just after starting to take them or soon after stopping.
"But it's hard to make a case for a withdrawal reaction here, because Prozac comes out of the system gradually," she said.
The girlfriend, Jessica Baty, said in an interview on CNN CNN
or Cable News Network
Subsidiary company of Turner Broadcasting Systems. It was created by Ted Turner in 1980 to present 24-hour live news broadcasts, using satellites to transmit reports from news bureaus around the world. that Kazmierczak took Prozac to battle anxiety and compulsive behavior but that it "made him feel like a zombie A computer that has been covertly taken over in order to perform some nefarious task. It is estimated that millions of PCs around the world have been compromised and, under the control of a third party, routinely transmit messages unbeknownst to the user. and lazy."
She said that in the days leading up to the shooting he was not behaving erratically, as university officials had suggested.
The drug labels warn about agitation and severe restlessness, and display a prominent caution that the medications increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in some children and young adults.
Psychiatrists said that stopping an antidepressant could cause effects like lightheadedness, nausea and agitation as the brain adjusted, The Times reported. Among the most commonly prescribed drugs, Prozac is the least likely to cause withdrawal effects because it stays in the system longest, the doctors said.