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Painkillers, Antidepressants Increase Risk Of Homicide

Capsules of fluoxetine, the chemical name for the popular antidepressant Prozac, are sorted at a packaging line at Barr Laboratories in Forest, Va., Tuesday, July 31, 2001. The line can bottle up to 3 million 20 mg capsules of the drug in a 24-hour day. U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker entered her final ruling in a Prozac patent infringement case on July 27 in Indianapolis, determining that Eli Lilly and Co.'s patent on the drug was invalid. Barr Laboratories is launching its fluoxetine on Thursday, Aug. 2, and will be shipping it across the country. (AP Photo/The News & Advance, R. David Duncan III)
Capsules of fluoxetine, the chemical name for the popular antidepressant Prozac, are sorted at a packaging line at Barr Laboratories in Forest, Va., Tuesday, July 31, 2001. (AP Photo/The News & Advance, R. David Duncan III)

 

(Youth Health Mag) – The first-ever Finnish study dealt with the association between use of painkillers and antidepressants to the risk of homicide. Researchers claim that there is actually a scientific basis that psychotropic drugs may cause violent behavior.

“I think that these chemical substances affect the impulse control of the person,” Dr. Jari Tiihonen, lead author and a professor, told Medical Daily. “The only surprising result was that painkillers also increase the risk,” he added.

Studies in the past have investigated bodies of knowledge regarding the side effects of antidepressants. However, this is the first study to create a probe on the possible side effects of some pain killers and antidepressants specifically benzodiazepam in change of behavior among its users.

“On the basis of our results, benzodiazepines and painkillers, but not antidepressants are linked to an significantly higher risk,” Tiihonen said.

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