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Teen Claims Antidepressant Led to Murder-Zoloft

Teen Claims Antidepressant Led to Murder

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By BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press Writer

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A teenager who shot and killed his grandparents as they slept is "a shy, decent boy" who was led to kill by the antidepressant Zoloft, his attorney said as the boy went on trial.


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Christopher Pittman, now 15, is being tried as an adult for two counts of murder in the November 2001 slayings of Joe and Joy Pittman with a pump-action shotgun. Their house was set ablaze and the youth, then 12, drove off in the family car.



Defense attorney Andy Vickery said Monday that Zoloft was to blame.



"This is a case about one drug that has taken three lives. When you hear the case, you will have the power and opportunity to give one back," he said. "A shy, decent boy was acting under the influence of a mind-altering drug."



Prosecutors contend Pittman shot his grandparents because they disciplined him for fighting on a school bus.



"This is not a case about Zoloft. This is not a case about Pfizer," prosecutor Barney Giese told the jury in opening statements. "This is a case about Chris Pittman."



Pittman, who had threatened suicide, was put on Zoloft three weeks before the slayings, and his dose was doubled just two days earlier.



In October, the Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) ordered Zoloft and other antidepressants to carry "black box" warnings — the government's strongest warning short of a ban — about increasing the risk of suicidal behavior in children.



Pfizer has vigorously fought cases claiming antidepressants cause violent or suicidal behavior.

Pittman could be sentenced to 30 years to life in prison if convicted.

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the stuff in bold is scary ....
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i wonder if it is from the same group as seroxat? they wont give that to young poeple anymore because of links with suicidal/homicidal tendancies

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Zoloft, or Sertraline, knows as Lustral in the UK, unless I'm mistaken, wasn't withdrawn like other medication. Although it carried the risk of side-effects, I don't think I heard anything about it being investigated and withdrawn.

It tends to be used for anxiety disorders.


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This is doing the opposite of what is supposed to
Like my migraine medication that lists one of it's side effects as "headache"

That's not... quite as serious, mind you
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Like my migraine medication that lists one of it's side effects as "headache"

That's not... quite as serious, mind you
all medicine lists headache as a side affect...

but I know what you mean I've taken Migraine headache and proceeded to wake up with whoppers that I never had before so they weren't lying.
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Zoloft, or Sertraline, knows as Lustral in the UK, unless I'm mistaken, wasn't withdrawn like other medication. Although it carried the risk of side-effects, I don't think I heard anything about it being investigated and withdrawn.

It tends to be used for anxiety disorders.
no it seems here in the states Zoloft is one step away from being yanked.....it has to carry a warning about not prescribing to children because of suicidal behavior in children....

which knowing how slow the drug administration is here to protect the populace from dangerous drugs.......I wonder.
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Zoloft is still very much available and readily distributed.
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My mom takes Zoloft.

At one time my gf was on Effexor (not sure about the spelling) cuz she was depressed and it's an Anti-depressant. She quit takin it, said it made her like a zombie

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I'm on 20 mgs daily of Lexapro for Social Anxiety Disorder, and I've never felt the least bit suicidal or homicidal. Don't know what, if any, differences there are between Lexapro and Zoloft, though.

The only bad side effect I've ever had with Lexapro was the time when my prescription ran out and I was off of it cold-turkey for two days. I had some kind of freaky withdrawal symptoms.

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I'm on 20 mgs daily of Lexapro for Social Anxiety Disorder, and I've never felt the least bit suicidal or homicidal. Don't know what, if any, differences there are between Lexapro and Zoloft, though.

The only bad side effect I've ever had with Lexapro was the time when my prescription ran out and I was off of it cold-turkey for two days. I had some kind of freaky withdrawal symptoms.
Lexapro is citalopram which has a different composition from Zoloft's sertraline...tho they're in the same group of drugs. Citalopram's supposed to be one of the least side-effect causing SSRIs...it hasn't bothered me so far. There's lots of cases in the news about anti-depressants making kids more suicidal. I dunno what to think. Much of my family is on various SSRIs and none of them have had these problems.

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Hes sort of hott..but anyways I find it hard to believe that Zoloft led him to that..

fuck.
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Whats the link to the site..I wanna show my friend but theres no link..

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i continuously hear these sort of reports in which zoloft is involved.

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Whats the link to the site..I wanna show my friend but theres no link..
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