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Anti-depressant deaths increase

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posted on Aug, 20 2004 @ 04:21 PM
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A new study has shown that a popular antidepressent has been linked with a severe increase of suicides and overdoses. The drug Venlafaxine, also known as Efexor, has shown a severe increase in suicdes and intentional overdoses.

Two other drugs like Prozac (fluoxetine) and Seroxat (paroxetine), have signifcantly lower death levels, only 4.3 million per perscription compared to 17.6 million P.P of Efexor.

Efexor is part of the SNRI *selective noradreneline reuptake inhibitor* family and Paroxetine and Fluoxetine are part of the SSRI *selective seretonin reuptake inhibitors* family.




Between 1993 and 2002, 118 people in England and Wales taking venlafaxine (Efexor) died - 17.6 deaths per million prescriptions.

Although the rate is still lower than that associated with old-generation tricyclic drugs, it is rising, while the rate for tricyclics is falling.

Tricyclic antidepressants made up the bulk of the cases, linked to nearly 4,000 deaths, or 43.1 deaths for every million prescriptions.

But venlafaxine, from the selective noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) drug family, overtook another class of newer antidepressants that includes drugs like Prozac (fluoxetine) and Seroxat (paroxetine) - the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

SSRIs were linked to 310 deaths overall, but the rate was only 4.3 deaths per million prescriptions.


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Pretty scary huh!

There are loads of other related links on the links i have given you...anything else of if i can find stuff in the BNF that u may require just lemme know and i will post it ASAP ok.

anti depressent death increase



gryff




posted on Aug, 20 2004 @ 07:43 PM
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There is SO much that doctors don't tell their patients... after all the drugs they often prescribed are the ones THEY think will work... they don't know for certain if they will or not... drug companies often pay or give rewards to doctors to make them prescribe their drugs over another companies... i do know that this technique was carried out quite often a few years ago, but both the doctors and the drug companies were getting in trouble... i haven't been able to find any recent info regarding this... mayby someone could add to this? I think that the companies may still being doing it... BUT are being incognito about it....

I found a little run down on Effexor...
www.mentalhealth.com...



posted on Aug, 20 2004 @ 07:52 PM
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Oh yeah this still goes on hun!

Most doctors get recommended and when they perscribe a certain amount of drugs from that company they recieve a special bonus for there practice and supplies such as folders...equipment deals...pens pencils...special access to clinical trials etc etc etc.

anyonw who has been to the doctors and seen the pads they write with...it normally has a funky drug name on it...thats part of there rewards...recognition and advertisment.

think the most famous companies for doing it are...Glaxco smithkline...Quintiles and a few other drug companies like Paroxetine makes and 3M.

My sister works in Pharmaceutical research...i get all the juicy gossip.



posted on Aug, 21 2004 @ 01:10 AM
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Originally posted by Gryffen
Most doctors get recommended and when they perscribe a certain amount of drugs from that company they recieve a special bonus for there practice and supplies such as folders...equipment deals...pens pencils...special access to clinical trials etc etc etc.


Your right on about the payola, but the one apect of the study I want more information on. Did the studies look into when in the course of therapy the suicides took place? Right after the drugs were started and before theraputic levels were attained? or after?




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