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How Antidepressants Robbed Me of a Year of My Life

How Antidepressants Robbed Me of a Year of My Life

Three years ago, I found myself in a mental hospital in London. I looked down and saw welts on my arms where I had torn my skin apart. There was a mirror in the tiny room where I’d spent most of the last 5 weeks going through agonizing cold turkey…

The Pill That Steals Lives: One Woman’s Harrowing Journey With Antidepressants

The Pill That Steals Lives: One Woman’s Harrowing Journey With Antidepressants

The following is an excerpt from Katinka Blackford Newman’s book, The Pill That Steals Lives, which will released on September 15. My ex-husband Robert and I have been separated for 8 months and we’re barely on speaking terms. All night I’ve been lying awake with terrible heart palpitations, an unnamed…

Antidepressant Birth Defect Risk Limited to Paxil and Prozac

Antidepressant Birth Defect Risk Limited to Paxil and Prozac

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control found that women taking paroxetine (Paxil) during their first trimester of pregnancy more than doubled their risk of five out of seven serious birth defects, while those taking fluoxetine (Prozac) had a higher risk of two serious birth defects. Via Medpage Today. Posted…

Antidepressants at Normal Doses Linked to First-Time Seizures

Antidepressants at Normal Doses Linked to First-Time Seizures

During the assessment period of a study spanning from 1998 to 2012, investigators at the University of Basel, in Switzerland, found an increased risk for first-time seizures in patients being treated for depression. Out of the 8.7 million patients, 619 of the151,005 that were diagnosed with depression had a first-time…

Are antidepressants safe for pregnant women?

Are antidepressants safe for pregnant women?

One study found the risk for miscarriage during the first trimester in any pregnancy is already about 15% to 20%, but antidepressant use can elevate that risk to 68%. Another recent report in the British Medical Journal found that pregnant women who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during their…

Side Effects of 5 Drugs Seniors Commonly Take

Side Effects of 5 Drugs Seniors Commonly Take

When Beverly Wilkerson, 58, Sherman Oaks, CA, woke up with a pounding headache and jaw pain last summer, she popped two Aleve. (The recommended dosage is one at a time.) She forgot to take water and food with the pills. Later on, she took two more, again forgetting the water…

Antidepressants have no effect on bone loss

The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or tricyclic antidepressants among women in midlife didn’t lead to a greater rate of bone loss, a prospective cohort study found. via MedPage Today -MedShadow Staff

Good for the Mom, Bad for the Baby?

Good for the Mom, Bad for the Baby?

The first hope of any pregnant woman is to have a healthy baby. For those babies born with congenital heart disease it means a lifetime of extra healthcare and multiple surgeries. Some of those mothers are haunted by the concern that a drug they took during pregnancy for depression might…

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