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[2013 April]

Study Links Autism With Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

[2012 March] Baby’s Being Harmed by Mom’s Antidepressants babies born to mothers who took antidepressants while they were pregnant had slightly slower head growth and were more likely to be born early...... ten percent of mothers taking SSRIs had a premature birth, compared to six percent of those with untreated depression and five percent of non-depressed moms. Previous studies have suggested a slightly increased risk of some birth defects in babies of moms taking antidepressants, as well as a greater chance they will end up needing intensive care......In January, the British Medical Journal published a study showing that babies of women who take SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy have a slightly increased risk of a life-threatening condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) in which not enough oxygen reaches the bloodstream but returns to the heart in an oxygen-poor state. This in turn causes rapid breathing, a rapid heart rate, respiratory distress, and cyanosis. If not caught in time, it can cause shock, heart failure, brain hemorrhage, seizures, kidney failure, multiple organ damage, and possibly even death.

[vid] Blowing the Whistle on Big Pharma

More on SSRI's and pregnancy

[pdf 2009] Paroxetine - The Teratogenic Effect by Bob Fiddaman


[2008] The Urgent Need to Understand the Dangerous Side Effects of SSRI Medications by Christopher Bollyn

[2008] Mental Health: It's Life, Not Depression by Dr. Julian Whitaker

[2008] Antidepressant Drugs Raises Diabetes Risk by 30 Percent

[Feb 2008] Don't Get Depressed Because Your Antidepressant is a Placebo

[2012 Jan] Parents sue Pfizer over birth defects allegedly caused by Zoloft

[2011 Dec] ‘Prozac defence’ stands in Manitoba teen’s murder case  A Winnipeg judge’s ruling that a teenage boy murdered his friend because of the effects of Prozac will not be appealed, confirming an apparent North American first and reviving debate around the widespread prescription of anti-depressants to young people.

[2010 Oct] I lost ten years of my life as a middle class, NHS sponsored drug addict...

[2010] The Evidence, However, Is Clear…The Seroxat Scandal by Bob Fiddaman

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SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (fluorine-based)
citalopram (Celexa):
escitalopram oxalate (Lexapro). Also anxiety.
paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat): Also used to treat panic disorder, OCD, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and PTSD.
fluoxetine (Prozac): Also used to treat OCD, bulimia, and panic disorder.
fluvoxamine maleate (Luvox): Primary use is the treatment of OCD.
sertraline (Zoloft): Also used to treat panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, social anxiety disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

MAOIs or monoamine oxidase inhibitors
isocarboxazid (Marplan®)
moclobemide (Manerix®)
phenelzine (Nardil®)
tranylcypromine (Parnate®)

amitriptyline (Elavil®, Endep®)
clomipramine (Anafranil®)
desipramine (Norpramin®, Pertofrane®)
dosulepin (dothiepin) (Prothiaden®)
doxepin (Adapin®, Sinequan®)
imipramine (Tofranil®)
nortriptyline (Pamelor®)
protriptyline (Vivactil®)
trimipramine (Surmontil®)

maprotiline (Ludiomil)
amoxapine (Asendin®)
mirtazapine (Remeron): Sometimes used to stimulate appetite and improve sleep when depression is associated with these symptoms.

bupropion (Wellbutrin®): Also used for smoking cessation (Zyban).
duloxetine (Cymbalta®): Newest antidepressant.
nefazodone (Serzone®): Liver functioning should be monitored closely. Can cause liver failure.
reboxetine (Edronax®): Noradrenaline (norepinephrine) reuptake inhibitor.
trazodone (Desyrel®): Used mainly as a sleep agent.
venlafaxine (Effexor®): Also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder. Dose should be titrated upward starting at 37.5 mg X one week. Maximum dose 225 mg in XL form. Blood pressure should be monitored as this medication can increase it.

The loving parents of Candace would be seeing their beautiful blonde daughter off as a freshman in college this fall, if she hadn’t hung herself in her bedroom at the age of twelve. A pediatric psychiatrist had prescribed Zoloft to Candace because “she was anxious about school exams.” In 2004 when the drug took her life, the antidepressant carried the FDA’s most severe warning, A Black Box Warning, for suicide for anyone under 18 years old. But the psychiatrist didn’t tell her parents about the risk. He told them the drug would make Candace “happy.” HOW THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY IS PREYING ON OUR CHILDREN by K.L. Carlson, M.B.A.

Let's talk about bipolar disorder among kids. As one doctor said, that used to be so rare as to be almost nonexistent. Now we're seeing it all over. Bipolar is exploding among kids. Well, partly you could say that we're just slapping that label on kids more often; but in fact, there is something real going on. Here's what's happening. You take kids and put them on an antidepressant -- which we never used to do -- or you put them on a stimulant like Ritalin. Stimulants can cause mania; stimulants can cause psychosis. the kid ends up with a drug-induced manic or psychotic episode. Once they have that, the doctor at the emergency room doesn't say, "Oh, he's suffering from a drug-induced episode." He says he's bipolar

    they give him an antipsychotic drug; and now he's on a cocktail of drugs, and he's on a path to becoming disabled for life. That's an example of how we're absolutely making kids sick.
    Ritalin is methylphenidate. Now methylphenidate affects the brain in exactly the same way as cocaine. They both block a molecule that is involved in the reuptake of dopamine.
    So methylphenidate is very similar to cocaine. Now, one difference is whether you're snorting it or if it's in a pill. That partly changes how quickly it's metabolized. But still, it basically affects the brain in the same way. Now, methylphenidate was used in research studies to deliberately stir psychosis in schizophrenics. Because they knew that you could take a person with a tendency towards psychosis, give them methylphenidate, and cause psychosis. We also knew that amphetamines, like methylphenidate, could cause psychosis in people who had never been psychotic before.
    So think about this. We're giving a drug to kids that is known to have the possibility of stirring psychosis. Now, the odd thing about methylphenidate and amphetamines is that, in kids, they sort of have a counterintuitive effect. What does speed do in adults? It makes them more jittery and hyperactive. For whatever reasons, in kids amphetamines will actually still their movements; it will actually keep them in their chairs and make them more focused. So you've got kids in boring schools. The boys are not paying attention and they're diagnosed with ADHD and put on a drug that is known to stir psychosis. The next thing you know, a fair number of them are not doing well by the time they're 15, 16, 17. Some of those kids talk about how when you're on these drugs for the long term, you start feeling like a zombie; you don't feel like yourself.
    Millions of kids! Think about what we're doing. We're robbing kids of their right to be kids, their right to grow, their right to experience their full range of emotions, and their right to experience the world in its full hue of colors. That's what growing up is, that's what being alive is! And we're robbing kids of their right to be. It's so criminal. And we're talking about millions of kids who have been affected this way. There are some colleges where something like 40 to 50 percent of the kids arrive with a psychiatric prescription. Psychiatric Drugs: An Assault on the Human Condition Street Spirit Interview with Robert Whitaker