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Asthma Drug Scandal in Australia

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Parents are calling for new warning labels on a common asthma tablet that has been linked to cases of suicidal thoughts and depression in children as young as four.
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On Monday 7.30 revealed that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) had received almost 90 reports of psychiatric events in children and adolescents treated with Singulair's active ingredient, a drug called Montelukast.
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Parents say their children had suicidal thoughts, while others experienced depression, violent rages or fear.
The TGA acknowledged that suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety are possible side effects of Montelukast.
That information is available on the TGA's website but some families have called for warnings to be clearly displayed on or in boxes of the medication. I think parents should be told the side affects as well as it being clearly printed on the boxes.
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Parents say their children had suicidal thoughts, while others experienced depression, violent rages or fear.
The TGA acknowledged that suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety are possible side effects of Montelukast.
That information is available on the TGA's website but some families have called for warnings to be clearly displayed on or in boxes of the medication. I think parents should be told the side affects as well as it being clearly printed on the boxes.
Once again our authorities have let us down. This has been going on for so long and so many kids have suffered that it should be criminal. I will not be giving my kids any of these medications. If we cannot cure it naturally we are going to be in trouble.
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These inhalers all contain medicines called inhaled corticosteroid, which are the most common preventers and they can help airway cells repair and return to normal.
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These inhalers all contain medicines called inhaled corticosteroid, which are the most common preventers and they can help airway cells repair and return to normal.
What about the other side effects? Should we just ignore that it makes them sick and affecting them in other ways?
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The reason for the overprescribing is not clear, but one theory is the use of long-lasting preventative drugs in combination with ventolin is responsible. The authors of a report published today in the Medical Journal of Australia argue doctors are not following guidelines and that is putting children at risk.
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Most of the millions of asthma sufferers are able to regulate their symptoms with inhalers, but a minority - about 5 per cent of patients - do not respond to any treatment.

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The reason for the overprescribing is not clear, but one theory is the use of long-lasting preventative drugs in combination with ventolin is responsible. The authors of a report published today in the Medical Journal of Australia argue doctors are not following guidelines and that is putting children at risk.
Parents must take upon themselves to make sure their kid is safe and not being over medicated. You have to be on the doctors all the time to be sure.
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I hope the drug companies and the doctors have plenty of money put aside for malpractice because that is what is going to happen. You cannot keep overlooking information and causing people pain and nothing happens to you.
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Arna Opperman's daughter Sophia started taking the cherry-flavoured chewable Singulair tablet when she was two years old."She started having these fits of rage basically," Ms Opperman said."I'd just given birth to our second child at the time and she would to attack this child with any hard toy she could find until she bled.
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