Q-News: The Depressing Side Effects Of Antidepressant Drugs.

Posted by Mellisa on March 12, 2013 in Antidepressants, Depression, Medications, Mental Health, Side Effects |

Antidepressant Drug Side Effects

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“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that antidepressants can cause suicidal thinking and behavior in children and young adults. Common brand name antidepressants include Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Luvox, Wellbutrin, Cymbalta, Effexor, Lexapro, Elavil, Remeron, Sarafem, Trazodone.

The risks of these drugs are provided so the public can make informed, educated decisions.

Antidepressant Side Effects Reported to the FDA: There have been 124,320 Adverse Drug Reactions in connection with antidepressants that have been reported to the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (MedWatch), between 2004 and 2011.The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.These include:

  • 13,642 cases of suicidal ideation/behavior (completed suicides, suicide attempts)
  • 11,508 cases of withdrawal symptoms
  • 7,553 cases of anxiety
  • 6,786 cases of depression
  • 4,530 cases of agitation
  • 3,588 cases of aggression
  • 2,872 cases of birth defects
  • 2,676 case of hallucinations
  • 1,649 cases of self-harm (self-injurious ideation/behavior)
  • 1,247 cases of death/sudden death
  • 1,122 cases of amania
  • 797 cases of sexual dysfunction
  • 733 cases of coma
  • 546 cases of diabetes
  • 511 cases of homicidal ideation
  • 328 cases of hostility
  • 265 cases of physical assault
  • 212 cases of homicide
  • 94 cases of violence-related symptoms
  • 82 cases of stillbirths
  • 46 cases of psychosis
Drug Agency Regulatory Warnings: There have been 99 drug regulatory agency warnings from ten countries and the European Union on antidepressants causing:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Birth defects
  • Convulsions
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations or delusional thinking
  • Heart rate decreases
  • Homicidal ideation
  • Impaired driving ability
  • Mania/psychosis
  • Restlessness
  • Risk of breast cancer
  • Risk of falls in elderly
  • Self-harm
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Spontaneous abortion
  • Suicide/risk/attempts
  • Tremor
  • Violence
  • Weight gain
  • Withdrawal symptoms

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Drug Studies: There have been 119 studies published from twelve countries on antidepressants causing:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Aggression/hostility
  • Agitation
  • Akathisia
  • Anxiety
  • Birth defects
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Homicidal ideation or actions
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impaired driving ability
  • Increase in muscle activity
  • Mania/psychosis
  • Premature births
  • Restlessness
  • Risk of falls
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Spontaneous abortion
  • Suicide/risk/attempts
  • Violence
  • Weight gain
  • Withdrawal symptom

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Documented Side Effects of Antidepressants:

Abnormal bleeding/bruising
Abnormal thoughts
Akathisia (severe restlessness)
Black tongue
Blurred/changes in vision
Crushing chest pain
Decreased memory/concentration
Difficulty breathing or swallowing

Emotional numbing
Extreme restlessness
Heart attacks
Liver problems
Low white blood cell count
Manic reactions
Memory lapses
Mood swings
Muscle spasms
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome

Numbness in extremities
Panic attacks
Psychotic episodes
Severe headache
Severe muscle stiffness
Sexual dysfunction
Shuffling walk
Slow/difficult speech
Suicidal thoughts/behavior
Violent behavior
Weight gain
Yellowing of skin/eyes

If these statistics do not disturb, I don’t know what will. However, studies prove that the body does respond well to high quality micronutrients, good nutrition, exercise, stress relief techniques, and sleep.


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