Do guns kill? No, antidepressants do.

The benefits seem to be much stronger than the risks,” said Dr. David Brent, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, whose study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said there is no reason for a change in the labeling and said doctors are still free to prescribe the drugs to young patients.

The FDA introduced the warnings on the most popular antidepressants in October 2004 after studies in the United States and Britain suggested the drugs may raise the risk of suicide in children and adults.

According to data from Medco Health Solutions Inc., the number of children 19 and under taking antidepressants fell by 13 percent from 2004 to 2005.