every medicine on the market is like
pros: you’ll stop coughing
cons: you might die
my favorite side effect warning is for antidepressants
pros: you won’t want to kill yourself
cons: you might want to kill yourself
*puts on psychology cap*
Antidepressants are associated with increased rates of suicide in the first few months of treatment because it reduces the symptom of avolition. Avolition is a fancy psych term for “lack of motivation”, which is a common symptom of depression. You know how some depressed people have a hard time even getting out of bed in the morning? Yeah, that’s avolition at work.
Committing suicide is something that requires a good amount of motivation to carry out. So it’s entirely possible to be so depressed you *can’t* commit suicide. BUT, once antidepressants start to work, avolition can be one of the first symptoms to subside. Which means, if you’ve been wanting to commit suicide but haven’t had the motivation to carry it out, the first few months of treatment can be dangerous. Hence why they say, “If you have suicidal thoughts, talk to your doctor”. Because your doctor needs to take precautions to make sure you’re not in a position to hurt yourself while recovering
Tl;dr: The antidepressant side effect of increased suicide is actually due to the medication effectively treating depressive symptoms. Not because pharmaceutical companies are trying to pull a fast one or whatever other joke you’ve heard.