ANTIDEPRESSANT SIDE EFFECTS
Antidepressants include a class of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or “SSRIs,” such as fluoxetine (Prozac), manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company, sertraline (Zoloft), manufactured by Pfizer, escitalopram (Lexapro) and citalopram (Celexa) manufactured by Forest Labs. Antidepressants also include a class of drugs known as Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors or "SNRIs" such as venlafaxine hydrochloride (Effexor), manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and duloxetine hydrochloride (Cymbalta) manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company.
The next time you see an antidepressant commercial, watch carefully. You will see that, when the drug company explains that depression is a “serious medical illness” caused by a “chemical imbalance in the brain,” it will be prefaced with the word may, i.e., “depression may be caused by a biochemical imbalance in the brain.” They must preface this statement with may because this theory has not been scientifically established. Some argue that this unproven theory has been propagated by the pharmaceutical industry in order to sell psychotropic (mind-altering) drugs.
In addition to depression, SSRIs are marketed for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (“OCD”), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”), Social Anxiety Disorder (“SAD”) and Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (“PMDD”) and Panic Disorder. The various SSRI companies have also experimented with their respective SSRIs for other indications including obesity, drug abuse and smoking cessation, however these indications have not been marketed. For the existing indications SSRI manufacturers make over Six Billion Dollars ($6,000,000,000) per year from SSRIs.
Few people take the time to read the label. If they did, they would probably find the information confusing because drug companies rarely come right out and state what side effects their drugs cause. The reason is strictly economic. Most drug companies would rather not disclose any adverse information about their drugs, particularly if a competing drug company does not have the same disclosures. In fact, the three primary SSRI manufacturers have met and worked together to keep truly serious adverse side effects out of their labels, to avoid a class wide negative effect.
Notwithstanding the pharmaceutical industry’s motive in keeping you in the dark, consumers should be given both sides of the story in order to make an informed choice about their lives and their health.
This website discusses the known side effects of SSRIs candidly and freely. Each side effect discussed below has long been known to the SSRI manufacturers, but actively suppressed from members of the public and their treating physicians.
This website is dedicated to revealing these side effects, as well as exposing the myths about these drugs.
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