This video mix of several instances would make the most perfect reality antidepressant advertisement ever! (Notice that in the first video she even knows to excuse her behavior by warning them that she has not taken her antidepressant, Cymbalta, yet for the day.)The ad should say, “No matter the antidepressant you choose it can produce…
Seroxat [Paxil] antidepressant pills.
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The number of antidepressants prescribed by the NHS
has almost doubled in the last decade, and rose sharply last year as the
recession bit, figures reveal.
The health service issued 39.1m prescriptions for drugs to tackle depression in England in 2009, compared
with 20.1m in 1999 – a 95% jump. Doctors handed out 3.18m more prescriptions
last year than in 2008, almost twice the annual rise seen in preceding years,
according to previously unpublished statistics released by the NHS’s Business
BMJ research reveals an increase in long-term antidepressant use across the UK
Updated guidance published this week says GPs should only consider the drugs for patients with moderate or severe depression, or those suffering sub-threshold depressive symptoms for at least two years.
The latest guidance comes as research in the BMJ reveals an increase in long-term antidepressant use across the UK.
(NaturalNews) There were 36 million prescriptions issued for
antidepressant drugs in the United Kingdom in 2008, nearly one for every
adult in the population, according to numbers obtained by the Liberal
The number is 2.1 million higher than in
Writing in the Guardian, Ed Halliwell examines the
reason for this trend, noting that antidepressant prescriptions have
increased more than threefold since the beginning of the 1990s, far
outstripping the increase in the percentage of the population classified
with a “common mental disorder.” From 1993 to 2007, this number increased
by only one million, going from 15.5 percent of the population to 17.6
ICFDA on Drug Discontinuation: Dropping “cold turkey” off any medication, most especially mind altering medications, can often be MORE DANGEROUS than staying on the drugs.
A REMINDER: IT IS EASIER TO GET DOWN OFF A MOUNTAINTOP ONE GUARDED STEP AT A TIME THAN TO JUMP FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM.
No matter how few or how many side effects you have had on these antidepressants, withdrawal is a whole new world. The worst part of rapid withdrawal does not hit for several months AFTER you quit. So even if you think you are doing okay you quickly find that it becomes much worse.
“The report shows that Glaxo [makers of Paxil] knew in 1989, long before
Paxil was FDA approved, that people taking the drug were 8 times more likely to
engage in suicidal behavior than people given a placebo, or sugar pill. Now,
it stands to reason that even the most depressed person would decline to take
Paxil if given these facts. Also, parents certainly would decline if they
were told about the risks. . . .
News Alert! Catch it if you can. Part II of a series on SSRI drugs and their side effects will be shown on Thursday evening (9/16) on ABC News with Peter Jennings. While we’re at it, here are two links to a couple other ABC News Stories you may have missed. Bad Reactions to Prescriptions…