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Rocketta
Feb 1st, 2005, 10:39 PM
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 (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/ap/ap_on_re_us/zoloft_defense/14165874/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Food%20and%20Drug%20Administration%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw) - web sites (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/ap/ap_on_re_us/zoloft_defense/14165874/*http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=web-storylinks&p=Food%20and%20Drug%20Administration)) 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.

Rocketta
Feb 1st, 2005, 10:39 PM
the stuff in bold is scary ....:scared:

Jennifer's wife
Feb 1st, 2005, 11:48 PM
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

Snuffkin
Feb 2nd, 2005, 12:00 AM
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.

Crazy Canuck
Feb 2nd, 2005, 12:02 AM
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 ;)

Rocketta
Feb 2nd, 2005, 12:37 AM
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...:lol:

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. ;)

Rocketta
Feb 2nd, 2005, 12:40 AM
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. :(

AjdeNate!
Feb 2nd, 2005, 12:43 AM
Zoloft is still very much available and readily distributed. ;)

Bacardi
Feb 2nd, 2005, 12:59 AM
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 :eek:

ClijstersHewitt
Feb 2nd, 2005, 03:12 AM
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.

alexusjonesfan
Feb 2nd, 2005, 04:25 AM
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.

PointBlank
Feb 2nd, 2005, 04:30 AM
Hes sort of hott..but anyways I find it hard to believe that Zoloft led him to that..

PointBlank
Feb 2nd, 2005, 04:36 AM
Whats the link to the site..I wanna show my friend but theres no link..

Gowza
Feb 2nd, 2005, 04:56 AM
i continuously hear these sort of reports in which zoloft is involved.

Rocketta
Feb 2nd, 2005, 06:31 AM
Whats the link to the site..I wanna show my friend but theres no link..
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050201/ap_on_re_us/zoloft_defense_6

Bezz
Feb 2nd, 2005, 09:12 AM
How many people on this board are actually on medication??, i have never heard of this stuff :confused: .

12 is a young age to waste your grandparents for no apparant reason, maybe the drugs did mess him up .

Snuffkin
Feb 2nd, 2005, 12:11 PM
I was on it for 2 years. I came off it just over a year ago. It's the only time I've ever been on this type of medication and although I had previously declared I'd never touch a thing, I needed something else. And they helped.

As for 'no apparent reason', maybe there was. And maybe only he knew it. I'm just guessing, but if it wasn't the drugs, perhaps there's something more. And maybe we'll never know.

Joana
Feb 2nd, 2005, 12:29 PM
As for 'no apparent reason', maybe there was. And maybe only he knew it. I'm just guessing, but if it wasn't the drugs, perhaps there's something more. And maybe we'll never know.
I completely agree with you. Blaming drugs for stuff like this is the easiest thing in the world. And the thruth is we simply don't know what was going on inside that boy's head. Maybe there was a reason for this. Maybe he himself isn't aware of it. There's no way to know.

GBFH
Feb 2nd, 2005, 03:19 PM
"if it wasn't for the zoloft, i'd be killin' ya'll!" - mike tyson

don't listen to O&A kids.

Martian Jeza
Feb 2nd, 2005, 03:31 PM
I take anti-depressants and anxyolitics against anxiety disorders : I've never thought to suicide or homicidal things... I think that boy should be punished hard for what he did : To blame the medications is way too easy to explain a murder...

Kart
Feb 4th, 2005, 08:29 PM
It sounds to me that this boy is not going to get off with 'the medication made me do it' excuse.

He'd be better off claiming he was insane.

Although the whole burning the house down to hide his tracks bit is an obstacle to explain.

AjdeNate!
Feb 4th, 2005, 08:33 PM
Funny that, he claimed he took Zoloft and it made him kill.... I take it so I won't kill. ;)

TM
Feb 4th, 2005, 08:36 PM
WOW..I never use any of those drugs except Advil or Tylenol...if I really need it.

Those drug companies don't want you to feel better they're making money this way which is bad.

Snuffkin
Feb 4th, 2005, 09:55 PM
Lucky you if you don't feel the need to take anything else.

As I mentioned earlier, I never intended to take any anti-depressant but ended up on Zoloft for 2 years. And far from doing me any harm, it helped me enormously. If they made money out of me, so be it. My sanity's priceless. (If only I could find it;))