The Controversy Over the Antidepressant Tianeptine

The Controversy Over the Antidepressant Tianeptine

Last week, the state legislature in Michigan banned a drug you may not have heard of — a French antidepressant called tianeptine. If approved by the governor, the bill would make Michigan the first state to classify the drug as a “schedule 2 controlled substance.” Also this month, a report surfaced of two overdoses of young men in Texas who were found with bags labeled as tianeptine on the scene and excessive amounts of the drug in their blood. They may be the first people in the United States to actually die from a tianeptine overdose. First marketed for depression...

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