Psychiatric Drugs And Violence

Dr. Joseph Mercola at Food Consumer has a post up on prescription drugs to avoid due to a study linking them with acts of violence. The heading to his post, a top ten list, is These Popular Drugs Can Make You Violent—Avoid Them. He got his list by beheading a list of 31 drugs disproportionally, as he puts it, linked to violence.

Most of the drugs on Dr. Mercola’s list are anti-depressants and stimulants and, therefore, psychiatric drugs. Although there are no neuroleptic (sometimes referred to as anti-psychotic) drugs in this list of the top offenders, if you go to the original list of 31 drugs you will find them.

The entire list, I’ve posted it below, can be found at the Alliance for Human Research Protection website in an article on the above mentioned study, 31 Prescription Drugs Linked To 387 Homicides. The drugs are listed in decreasing order of likelihood for causing violent behavior.

Chantix (Varenicline) _________18.0
Prozac (fluoxetine) __________10.9
Paxil (paroxetine) ____________10.3
Amphetamines _______________9.6
Mefoquine (Lariam) ___________9.5
Strattera (atomoxetine) ________9.0
Halcion (triazolam) ____________8.7
Luvox (fluvoxamine)__________ 8.4
Effexor (venlafaxine) __________8.3
Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) ________7.9
Zoloft (sertraline) _____________6.7
Ambien (zolpidem) ____________6.7
Lexapro (escitalopram) ________5.0
Celexa (citalopam) ____________4.3
Abilify (aripiprazole) ___________4.2
OxyContin (oxycodone) ________4.1
Wellbutrin/Zyban (bupropion)____ 3.9
Geodon (ziprasidone)__________ 3.8
Ritalin/Concerta (methylphenidate) 3.6
Remeron (mirtazapine) _________3.4
Neurontin (gabapentin) _________3.3
Keppra (levetiracetam) _________3.3
Valium (diazepam) _____________3.1
Xanaz (alprazolam) ____________3.0
Cymbalta (duloxetine) __________2.8
Klonopin(clonazepam) __________2.8
Risperdal (risperidone) _________2.2
Seroquel (quetiapine) __________2.0

Note that among these drugs numbers 15, 18, 30 and 31 (Abilify, Geodon, Risperdal, and Seroquel) are neuroleptic drugs.

Apparently people don’t just commit acts of violence because they’ve “gone off their meds”, some people have done violence to others while they were “on meds”.