Why is a suicide a leading cause of death in the United States?
When a loved one commits suicide do we find the cause?
I became drug-free in 2010 and I prayed and asked God to help me get off of all of them and I had a suicidal thought, which was not good even at only one time.
This is when I began praying, asking God for a healing off of all drugs.
One medication I was on and was told would have to be on for the rest of my life made me feel all kind of bad thoughts, feelings, depressed, and suicidal and this medication was called: Gabapentin (Neurontin).
I thank God that I am not on this drug anymore and it was very hard trying to stop taking!
The oddest thing I was told by a doctor was that “This pill is being used for many different kinds of ailments?”
This made me to really begin to worry and the research began and this is what I found about the prescription drug Gabapentin.
I first found that many medical professionals like doctors, physical therapists, and pain specialists had been studying the side effects on patients since the release of this drug since about 1994. In other words, I was being used as a guinea pig!
I cannot speak for another but would hope and pray that you would research any prescription drug and pay attention to your own body which gives signs immediately after we put prescription drugs into the body.
I went a bit further to ask the question:
Does Neurontin increase the potential for suicidal thoughts?
I researched and found that there have been studies which have concluded many important facts – including the possibility that Neurontin increases the potential for suicidal thoughts. Pfizer Incorporated is the manufacturer and distributor of this particular drug, which was originally created as an effective treatment for those that suffered from epilepsy. It was also intended as a medical treatment for individuals that suffered from the experience of shingles to reduce the pain associated with this condition.
Note: Ten years into being released, well over one hundred individuals taking Neurontin on a regular basis committed suicide. Now, after two decades of its release, there are over two thousand documented cases of other patients in the first decade of this medication’s release that actually attempted to commit suicide while taking the medication.
If you have been on this drug, Gabapentin, has it increased the potential for suicidal thoughts and/or have you actually attempted suicide before?
Do you know the medications your loved ones are on?
Do you keep track of what each medication does and makes you feel?
If you have, you have a story which may save your own life and one other.
Even though this medication caused suicidal thoughts to me and many others, the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer still encourages people in the medical field to prescribe for so many other conditions in which the pill was not even originally intended for.
This is what and when I began my own studying of my effects and listened to my own body and began praying for God’s help to get off of not only this prescription drug, but all drugs.
This pill was prescribed to me for Lupus, sciatica nerve pain, fibromyalgia and many other problems I was having which led me to believe the problems were adding up after only after I began to take the medication.
This is my own opinion and I was on the prescription drug and know what it did to me and it did nothing for me but made yearn from more drugs.
I was not diagnosed with SLE until after I began taking Neurontin and this really made me wonder and want to research for myself and more than that, get off of as fast as possible.
All I am saying is are we as a country even paying attention to our bodies?
Do you know that the body gives you signs when something is not right for you?
It breaks my heart and saddens my soul to think that people are still being prescribed this medication called, “Gabapentin aka Neurontin!”
The medication did not help me but made me need and rely upon more medications such as depression medication and I found it quite odd that a pill could make you depressed, but I have a testimony and I know what this prescription drug did for me which was becoming addicted relying upon more prescription drugs for what it caused to happen to my body, mind & soul.
Gabapentin & Suicidal Attempts
I go a bit further to investigate that PMC U.S, National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health HHS Public Access (Author Manuscript peer-viewed and accepted publication) did an Abstract which blatantly states:
On December 16, 2008, FDA issued a class warning for antiepileptic drugs and suicidal thoughts and behavior. The purpose of this study was to determine if the antiepileptic drug gabapentin increases the risk of suicide attempt in patients to which it was prescribed for various indications.
We conducted a pharmacoepidemiologic study in which suicide attempt rates were compared before and after gabapentin was prescribed. We used the PharMetrics medical claims database to study the relationship between gabapentin and suicide attempts in a cohort of 131,178 patients with a one-year window of information before and after initial prescription. Patients had diagnoses of epilepsy, pain disorders, bipolar illness, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders.
Overall, there was no significant difference in suicide attempt rates before (3.48/1000 patient years – PY) versus after (3.45/1000 PY) gabapentin prescription. Pre-prescription suicide attempt rates were five times higher in psychiatric populations compared with non-psychiatric populations leading us to analyze the two groups separately. No drug effect was detected in the non-psychiatric populations. Significant reductions in suicide attempt rates were seen for bipolar disorder (47.85/1000 PY versus 31.46/1000 PY), major depressive disorder (17.30/1000 PY versus 12.66/1000 PY), and other psychiatric disorders (12.84/1000 PY versus 10.14/1000 PY). Person-time analysis revealed an overall significant reduction in suicide attempt rates (2.01/1000 PY on drug versus 2.30/1000 PY off drug).
Okay, does this mean that once you take this drug and stop abruptly it gets worse?
So, in other words, if you try and stop this medication you may have problems, i.e. suicidal thoughts perhaps?
The Abstract goes on and in conclusion, states also a lie:
This study finds that gabapentin does not increase the risk of suicide attempts in non-psychiatric populations and is associated with a reduction in suicide attempt risk in patients with psychiatric disorders.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports, in 2016:
- Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 45,000 people.
- Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.
- There were more than twice as many suicides (44,965) in the United States as there were homicides (19,362).
Note: I could go on and on with medication which I was prescribed which caused depression and Lyrica, which I was also prescribed, did the same exact thing to me and caused me to stay depressed causing me to then be prescribed antidepressant medications and the vicious cycle began.
I thank the Lord every single day that I no longer rely upon man’s prescription drugs and now I put into my body natural foods made by Mother Nature & God’s healing foods are my prescription medications NOW!
Gibbons, R. D., Hur, K., Brown, C. H., & Mann, J. J. (2010). Gabapentin and suicide attempts. Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety, 19(12), 1241-7.