April 27, 2012 – Research published in this week’s online edition of the journal Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology has called into question the safety and efficacy of a popular line of antidepressant medications. The study concludes that the risks involved with taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs outweigh any potential benefits, and that the medications do more harm than good. Antidepressants belonging to the SSRI class include Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, Symbyax, and Effexor.
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What’s the Problem with SSRI Antidepressants?
April 28, 2012 – The new research involved data from a number of different studies, and found a slew of serious side effects that had been linked to SSRIs, including:
- depression relapse
- brain neuron death
- decreased fertility
- tardive dyskinesia
- cognitive impairment
- bone fractures
- gastrointestinal illness
- bleeding problems
- cardiovascular disease
- respiratory arrest
- suicidal behavior
In addition to this lengthy list of side effects in users, SSRIs have also been linked to the following birth defects in babies born to mothers who took the drugs during pregnancy (especially during the first trimester, a time when many women are still unaware they are pregnant):
- Atrial Septal Defects (ASD)
- Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD)
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
- Mitral Valve Prolapse
- Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA)
- Transposition of the Great Vessels (TGV)
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Aortic Stenosis
- Pulmonary Atresia (PA)
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
- Heart Murmur
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
- Esophageal Stenosis
- Anal Atresia
- Spina Bifida
The new research looked at a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and found that 95% of published studies say SSRIs have a positive net benefit. However, when all the unpublished studies are taken into consideration, that figure drops sharply to 51%.
The study calls into question the fundamental premise behind SSRI antidepressants, suggesting the idea that depression comes from brain malfunction may be altogether wrong.
“An alternate view is that current diagnostic criteria do not accurately distinguish between true instances of disorder and normal, evolved emotional responses to stressors,” the researchers wrote in their report. “This latter view suggests that pharmacological disruption of depressive symptoms could negatively affect the ability to cope with or manage stressors.”
The study’s authors went on to suggest that SSRI use may actually prevent the patient from working out the underlying problems causing their depression. While the researchers were careful to point out that more in-depth studies on the subject are needed, they concluded that the risks associated with the drugs are simply not worth it.
“It is widely believed that antidepressant medications are both safe and effective; however, this belief was formed in the absence of adequate scientific verification,” they wrote. “The weight of current evidence suggests that, in general, antidepressants are neither safe nor effective; they appear to do more harm than good.”
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