- Although antidepressants such as fluoxetine (Prozac)
can cause an amazing turnaround in people with severe depression, researchers
in Wales warn that in healthy people who aren't depressed, Prozac-like
drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can actually
cause depression, and even suicidal despair.
- Why would people who aren't depressed be taking antidepressants
in the first place?
- Some doctors now prescribe such drugs for patients, including
children, who might be down in the dumps but do not have more serious clinical
depression. A wire service report from The Times of India adds that doctors
are even prescribing these drugs as a treatment for hot flashes
in women going through menopause.
- When 20 volunteers at the North Wales Department of Psychological
Medicine took the antidepressant sertraline (Zoloft or Lustral), two became
dangerously suicidal. Unfortunately, the body doesn't eliminate SSRIs quickly,
so in people who have severe reactions, the effects of the drug could linger
for a week or more.
- A report in the Australian newspaper The Age describes
the study, which advises that "women and children and those who are
least ill may be most at risk."
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