TIME magazine June 16, 2008 cover story Mark Thompson was a detailed article about US soldiers who received antidepressants to cope with the battlefield. In a quote from the article (page 41), "New drugs have fewer side effects and unlike previous drugs, they are usually not addictive or poisonous, even when taken in large quantities." This is false and is easily untrue. Ask existing and former patients if they have ever had physical withdrawal symptoms after stopping using SSRI or searching the Internet for posts and articles written by patients for addiction to SSRIs.
I have personally received withdrawal symptoms from both Paxil and Effexor. My close relative has received withdrawal symptoms from Paxil. There is a crimes against humanity for pharmaceutical companies and doctors who produce and prescribe these drugs with a deliberate and deliberate attempt to deceive – by omitting or otherwise – their patients about the physically addictive properties of these drugs. It is particularly bad because this crime is done in one of the most vulnerable demographic and demographic ones, which is just capable of defending itself – due to mental illnesses – from unjustified or malpractice.
a) Recent patient papers for Effexor (copyright 2006), published by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (manufacturer of Effexor) and given to me by a former psychiatrist, says: "When people suddenly stop using Effexor XR, they can have symptoms that stop the medicine too fast. Some of these symptoms are: "and there are 24 symptoms listed. You can appreciate the way it is termed – much more well-known words and words avoiding are "physical addiction" and "withdrawal". (The side effects are shown in the second section and only 16 are recorded.)
b) I was aware of the addictive quality of Effexor before I started taking it (because of research I did on the Internet) that made the decision informed and risky was willing to accept; Millions of people, however, have been victims of negligence regarding this major part of the treatment.
I advocate not to leave SSRIs but only treat people with mental illness as well as treat people more likely to have the ability to hire a lawyer at a competitive price and sue the pants by a doctor or corporation. I hope the truth about the addictive properties of SSRIs will be fully and honestly introduced to the public ASAP. If Wyeth – along with other pharmaceutical companies – does not come out with it, I assume that time could have a history of when our troops come home and stop using drugs.
See also: TIME: America's Medicated Army
Appendix, July 17, 2008 – I have recently been corrected and informed that addiction is an incorrect term in the case of SSRIs; The medical profession elects physical dependence than American Heritage my dictionary made a distinction. I will not quote the dictionary here – enough availability of definitions can be found on the Internet.
Appendix, July 30, 2008 – Referring to the line from this article, "When people suddenly stop using Effexor XR, they may experience symptoms from stopping the drug too fast. addiction or physical effort but completely misleading. While losing some of these drugs will initially ease withdrawal symptoms, it will in many cases not eliminate them. The coin is that in some cases one will never experience side effects or withdrawal. I suggest someone is interested in investigating multiple source information if he or she wants to find a rough estimate of the actual ratio.