Epilepsy Drugs Don't Raise Suicide Risk, Study Shows

Experts say findings should prompt FDA to remove warning label on medications

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One possible reason for the increased risk seen among these two groups, the authors concluded, may be that "the use of antiepileptic drugs in these patients is a marker of severe depression or the presence of another condition that may be associated with an increased risk of suicide-related events."

"Research is dialogue, and our study is just another brick in the wall of knowledge," said Arana, who noted that the study was funded by an unrestricted grant from drug maker Sepracor. "There is still the need to fine-tune the role of antiepileptic drugs in indications other than epilepsy, to study the risk in the initial period of treatment compared to the use afterwards, and to compare individual antiepileptic drugs when used to treat patients with identical types of epilepsy."

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