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Suicide rates increase with age and are highest among white
men age 65 and older. Divorced and widowed men in this age group have the
highest suicide rates, and their most common method of suicide is
The following warning signs may be present in older
adults who have a high risk for suicide:
FDA Advisory. The U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an
advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of
suicide. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, a person taking antidepressants should be watched for
warning signs of suicide. This is especially important at the beginning of treatment or when doses are changed.
November 29, 2010
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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