Addiction and SSRI Medications

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TIME magazine's June sixteen, 2008 cover story by Mark Thompson changed into an in depth article approximately US troops being given antidepressant drugs to cope with battlefield stress. A quote from the thing (p 41) states "The newer pills have fewer aspect effects and, in contrast to earlier tablets, are normally now not addictive or toxic, even when taken in massive portions." This is fake, and easily disproved. Ask modern-day and previous patients if they've ever had bodily withdrawal symptoms after preventing use of an SSRI, or seek the Internet for posts and articles written through sufferers about dependancy to SSRI medication.

I individually have experienced withdrawal signs from both Paxil and Effexor. A near relative of mine has skilled withdrawal signs and symptoms from Paxil. It's against the law towards humanity for pharmaceutical businesses and physicians who manufacture and prescribe these drugs to intentionally and knowingly try and mislead -- by omission or in any other case - their sufferers concerning the bodily addictive properties of these drugs. It's specially tragic for the reason that this crime is perpetrated on one of the maximum prone demographic of the overall populace, and a demographic that is one of the least capable of protecting themselves - because of the very nature of intellectual contamination -- in opposition to injustice or malpractice.

Full disclosure:
a) A current patient information sheet for Effexor (copyright 2006), published by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (manufacturer of Effexor) and given to me with the aid of my former psychiatrist does state, "When people  prevent the use of Effexor XR, they could get signs from stopping the medicine too speedy. Some of those signs and symptoms encompass:" and there are 24 signs indexed. You can appreciate how it's worded - the lots extra well-known word and word avoided are "bodily addiction" and "withdrawal." (The facet outcomes are shown in a different phase, and there are only sixteen indexed.)

b) I become privy to Effexor's addictive exceptional before I began taking it, (because of studies I did at the Internet) which made the selection an informed one, and a hazard I was willing to just accept; however, millions of people have been sufferers of forget about regarding this main issue in their treatment.

I don't advise leaving behind the usage of SSRI's, but handiest treating people with mental illness similar to treating folks who are much more likely to own the potential to adequately rent a legal professional and sue the pants off a medical doctor or enterprise. I hope the reality about the addictive homes of SSRIs can be fully and really revealed to the general public ASAP. If Wyeth - along with different pharmaceutical companies - would not pop out with it, I assume TIME might have a story approximately it once our troops come domestic and give up use of the medication.

See additionally: TIME: America's Medicated Army
Addendum, July 17, 2008 - I've recently been corrected, and knowledgeable that dependancy is the incorrect term within the case of SSRI medicine; the medical network prefers physical dependence, but my American Heritage dictionary made no distinction among the two. I won't quote from the dictionary here -- an adequate deliver of definitions is to be had at the Internet.

Addendum, July 30, 2008 - Referring to a line from this newsletter, "When people abruptly stop the use of Effexor XR, they are able to get signs and symptoms from stopping the drugs too fast. Some of those signs and symptoms encompass:", I realized that assertion is not most effective carefully worded to keep away from the term dependancy or bodily dependence, however absolutely deceptive. Although tapering off some of those medications steadily will ease withdrawal symptoms, in many instances it will now not really cast off them. And the opposite side of the coin is that during some instances a person will by no means revel in side consequences or withdrawal. I advise to all people interested to analyze a couple of sources of facts if he or she would love to find a tough estimate of the actual ratio.

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