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Re: tricyclics and suicide

Posted by Stephan on November 1, 1999, at 15:24:34

In reply to Re: Lofepramine and tricyclics, posted by Elizabeth on October 31, 1999, at 12:41:11

>I think fear that patients will use a medication as a means to attempt suicide is a legitimate concern.

Of course it is, but it should always be a rational and balanced concern, not an irrational one. The prolongation of pain and misery caused by doctors who are quite willing to subject a patient to every possible non-tricyclic or non-MAOI antidepressant combination in order to lessen their often irrational litigation paranoia is at least as significant as the suicide-attempt risk of prescribing tricyclics. I would venture to say that far more patients have lost their lives due to under and mal-treatment of their depression than because a doctor prescribed them a tricyclic.




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