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Ask about published reports of 470 completed suicides of people on antidepressants since Prozac debuted in 1988 and the drug industry will say that's depression for you. Without our drugs, it would be worse.
But how does Eli Lilly and Co. explain the mounting suicides of people given Cymbalta (duloxetine) for urinary incontinence or peripheral neuropathy?
The planned debut of Cymbalta, now Lilly's number two drug, was even delayed by the suicide of a non-depressed person in 2004.
Traci Johnson, a healthy 19-year-old college student volunteer enrolled in a Cymbalta trial hung herself by a scarf from a shower rod in Lilly's Indianapolis, IN laboratory while withdrawing from the drug.
Johnson showed no outward signs of depression and Lilly said she had been screened for mental problems, but staff conducting a concurrent Cymbalta trial made comments about her "mental history" to at least four participants -- perhaps to keep them from dropping out of the trials as a fifth of volunteers did after the suicide.
Sarafem is indicated for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in adult women (18 years and older). Although Sarafem is not a treatment for depression, it contains fluoxetine hydrochloride, the same active ingredient in some antidepressants.
Originally posted by TXRabbit
Interesting info Jez. Thanks for sharing that. Unfortunately for my family, my wife takes Cymbalta to treat her peripheral neuropathy. Without it she would be in constant, agonizing pain and from what we've researched, this drug is about the only thing out there to offer any relief.
Originally posted by jpm1602
We have pills for everything now. Ritalin for children. Depressions. Can't go, go too much. It really is pathetic. I think twice before taking an aspirin. We are way overmedicated as a society. Billion dollar pharmacopeia business. Look at herbs for temporary problems.