Concerta is a stimulant ADHD medication that is associated with depression and depressed mood. This may increase the risk of suicidal behavior, especially in patients who are younger, impulsive, or have underlying psychiatric problems.
Need a Texas Concerta Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one experienced suicidal behavior, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Concerta and Suicide
Concerta is a long-acting medication for children with ADHD. It contains methylphenidate, a stimulant medication that can worsen psychiatric problems — especially children and teenagers.
The label (PDF) on Concerta warns about new or worsening behavior problems, abnormal thoughts, bipolar illness, aggression, hostility, and new psychotic or manic symptoms.
In clinical trials, 3.9% of patients on Concerta had a depressed mood, and 1.7% of patients developed depression. Extreme depression is also a withdrawal symptom of stopping Concerta.
In combination with impulsiveness from ADHD, depressive thoughts may result in suicidal behavior or a completed suicide. The FDA has been reviewing the risk since 2005, and one safety investigator told NBC News:
“Stimulant drugs may exacerbate symptoms and reveal them for the first time in children with previously unrecognized psychiatric illnesses.”
In March 2015, Health Canada updated the label on Concerta and other methylphenidate ADHD drugs with stronger, clearer warnings about the risk of suicide. Investigators found a number of reports of suicidal thoughts, attempts, and a small number of completed suicides.
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm in Texas, but our lawyers are not filing a Concerta class action lawsuit. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits for people who had suicidal behavior or loved ones of people who committed suicide on Concerta.
About Class Actions
Class actions are a good way to help a lot of people with very similar legal claims. The lawsuit is filed by a “class representative.” If compensation is awarded, everyone shares the payout equally.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
The injuries associated with Concerta are very serious, but each case is unique and some victims have more serious injuries than others. This is why each case needs to be handled individually.
The problem with class actions is that members may have to accept “low-ball” settlements or higher attorneys’ fees. Instead of a class action, our lawyers file individual lawsuits so we can focus on maximizing compensation for people with the most serious injuries.
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