I found this article today, and wanted to pass it on. abc Health News ran an article about epileptic drugs linked to suicide risk this week.
anticonvulsant drugs such as Neurontin have made headlines in the news for sometime now – NOT because they are ineffective for epilepsy, but because of the ‘off label’ use for treating chronic pain and the controversy stemming from that. There has been class action suits filed against the makers of Neurontin in the United States because of marketing anticonvulsants as pain-killing drugs. If you suffer from chronic pain yourself, you may be familiar with medications such as Gabapentin (Neurontin), Lamictal, Gabitril, and Topomax (Topiramate) – but a new study that has surfaced explains WHY these drugs ma be dangerous in the treatment of pain.
Your risk of attempting and/or completing suicide can almost DOUBLE while on these medications, according to the American Medical Association. THAT is a significant increase!
Understand that suffering Chronic Pain has an associated increase of suicide risk on its own, it is hard to tell in a study whether or not the risk is a combination of disease AND medication, or just medication alone – BUT, regardless of that, our chances of becoming that desperate, or that depressed is higher than the general population.
PLEASE take a few minutes to read through this article today – AND-
Check in with yourself… Are YOU depressed? Feeling hopeless? Have your sleeping and eating patterns changed as a direct result of feeling depressed? Are you currently taking any of these medications?
If so, PLEASE take this seriously, and call your Doctor and make an appointment today! Reach out and ask for help. YOU are not alone. This isn’t an easy journey – and we all fall from time to time, but there are ‘safety nets’ out there that can catch you and prevent you from falling further.
If you are on one of these medications, and you haven’t yet spoken to your Doctor about all the risks associated with it, please do… It potentially can save your life.
Wishing all of you peace and happiness today.