New information continues to emerge about Eric Harris, one of the shooters at Columbine High School. Most recently, The New York Times reported that Harris had been taking the prescription antidepressant drug Luvox before the shooting.
Luvox is often prescribed to treat both children and adults for a condition called obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD for short, reports CBS This Morning Health Contributor Dr. Dave Hnida of CBS station KCNC-TV in Denver.
People with OCD are consumed with all kinds of obsessions, such as a fear of contamination or even a fear of harming someone. The drug has been proven safe and effective. It is used by thousands of people with no problems.
It is not known if Harris was diagnosed as having OCD. Luvox is sometimes prescribed for depression. But if he did suffer from OCD, it is very rare for people with the condition to be dangerous. They usually are horrified by any aggressive thoughts and don't act upon them.
Nausea, sleepiness and insomnia are the most common side-effects of taking Luvox. If one were to suddenly stop taking the drug, it could also cause a rebound effect with increased anxiety and depression.
Reported By Dr. Dave Hnida