A Black Box warning is mandated by the FDA when there have been serious problems associated with a drug since it has been released to the public. Its purpose is to ensure that all medical practitioners and consumers are aware of these risks. After reviewing repeated reports of suicidal thinking and actual suicides by teens and others taking antidepressant drugs, on May 2, 2007, the FDA ordered the manufacturers of all antidepressant drugs to insert an expanded black-box warning in their drug labels.

This is the Black Box warning on the Cymbalta label:


Suicidality in Children and Adolescents — Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in short-term studies in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of Cymbalta or any other antidepressant in a child or adolescent must balance this risk with the clinical need. Patients who are started on therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. Families and caregivers should be advised of the need for close observation and communication with the prescriber. Cymbalta is not approved for use in pediatric patients. (See WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS, Pediatric Use.) Pooled analyses of short-term (4 to 16 weeks) placebo-controlled trials of 9 antidepressant drugs (SSRIs and others) in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or other psychiatric disorders (a total of 24 trials involving over 4400 patients) have revealed a greater risk of adverse events representing suicidal thinking or behavior (suicidality) during the first few months of treatment in those receiving antidepressants. The average risk of such events in patients receiving antidepressants was 4%, twice the placebo risk of 2%. No suicides occurred in these trials.