DECEMBER 21, 2012
Adam Lanza Taking Antipsychotics
The Antipsychotic Prescribed To Adam Lanza Has A Troubled History All Its Own:
Guns might not be the only problem though.
New York Magazine wrote a pieceabout shooter Adam Lanza’s supposed “aspergers” syndrome as a “red herring” meant to distract from the real problem (guns, of course, the subject goes without mentioning).
Inside the piece though they report the boy was prescribed Fanapt, a controversial anti-psychotic medicine.
The article uses the term “controversial” to describe Fanapt, one generic name used for the drug Iloperidone which is an atypical antipsychotic medication that works by changing the effects of chemicals in the brain. Fanapt is used to treat schizophrenia andmay also be used for purposes not listed in the medication guide.
Iloperidone, also known as Fanapt, Fanapta, and previously known as Zomaril, … It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States on May 6, 2009.
As most people know, the medication guides are written by lawyers and included with all medications these days. They list every possible side affect that could ever happen even to a tiny percent of those taking the medication. The medication guide is more of a ‘cover your butt’ for the drug companies than it is a caution for the consumer. It does say that thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself can be a side affect of Iloperidone.
Drugs.com also reports:
Psychiatric side effects including restlessness, aggression, and delusion have been reported frequently. Hostility, decreased libido, paranoia, anorgasmia, confusional state, mania, catatonia, mood swings, panic attack, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, delirium, polydipsia psychogenic, impulse-control disorder, and major depression have been reported infrequently. (hat tip Economic Policy Journal)
What caused Adam Lanza to shoot his mother in the face, to shoot 20 innocent young children and 6 innocent adults and then shoot himself? We may never know. To blame it on a prescription alone that was supposed to help him is wrong; or to blame it on video games alone is wrong; to blame it on his mental condition alone is wrong. To blame the 27 deaths on a a gun that on it’s own can do nothing, is certainly wrong.
Lanza had problems, his mother was apparently trying to get him into a facility that could help him, and he did not want to go, according to some reports. Other reports have the mother trying to push him out of the house to get a job or attend college.
We may never really know the truth.
Back to the drug from Business Insider:
Fanapt was the subject of a Bloomberg report when it passed regulators, after previously getting the “nonapproval” stamp. Why wasn’t it approved, you might ask?
There are many reasons, some of which have to do with competing entities in a competitive market.
The main cited reason for the rejection was that it caused severe heart problems in enough patients to cause a stir.
Maybe more importantly, though, Fanapt is one of a many drugs the FDA pumped out with an ability to exact the opposite desired effect on people: that is, you know, inducing rather than inhibiting psychosis and aggressive behavior.
In fact, Fanapt was dropped by its first producer, picked up by another, initially rejected by the FDA, then later picked up and mass produced. The adverse side-effect is said to be “infrequent,” but still it exists, and can’t be ignored.
The reaction invoked by the drug in some people is reminiscent of the Jeffrey R. MacDonald case, where a Green Beret slaughtered his entire family and then fabricated a story about a marauding troop of “hopped up hippies”.
MacDonald though, had Eskatrol in his system, a weight-loss amphetamine that’s since been banned in part for its side effects of psychotic behavior and aggression.
These drugs are not the only ones that can cause the opposite of their desired effect. Several anti-depressant medications are also restricted to adults, for the depression they inspire in kids rather than eliminate.
|Fanapt may cause aggressive/violent behavior (frequent).This drug may also cause the following symptoms that are related to aggressive/violent behavior:
Medical Source Information
Yellow highlights indicate symptoms related to aggressive/violent behavior.Psychiatric side effects including restlessness, aggression, and delusion have been reported frequently. Hostility, decreased libido, paranoia, anorgasmia, confusional state, mania,catatonia, mood swings, panic attack, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa,delirium, polydipsia psychogenic, impulse-control disorder, and major depression have been reported infrequently.Nervous system side effects including dizziness (up to 20%), somnolence (up to 15%),extrapyramidal disorder (up to 5%), tremor (3%), and lethargy (up to 3%) have been reported.Paraesthesia, psychomotor hyperactivity, restlessness, amnesia, and nystagmus have been reported infrequently. Restless legs syndrome has been reported rarely.
Side Effects to Watch
Watch closely for the following side effects and notify your physician immediately should any of these develop:
Lab and Diagnostic Tests
If certain symptoms develop, ask your physician whether you need the following lab tests or other diagnostic tests (if you’ve not already had them):