ZOLOFT - is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. It was introduced to the market by Pfizer in 1991. Sertraline is primarily used to treat clinical depression in adult outpatients as well as obsessive-compulsive, panic and social anxiety disorders in both adults and children. Controversy and legal actions have resulted from the suspicion that sertraline, similarly to other antidepressants, may increase the risk of suicide. In 2006 it was the most prescribed antidepressant on the U.S. retail market with 28,060,000 prescriptions. This translates into big money for big Pharma and their supporters.
Numerous studies have found the possibility of serious side effects for patients taking Zoloft. Studies have raised concerns that Zoloft might increase suicidal thoughts and suicidal activity in both children and adults when it’s used to treat depression. The FDA has issued a patient information sheet advising patients about the use of Zoloft and the risks associated with it.
Since the early 1990s numerous world class experts have warned about the role of SSRI-induced akathisia in violence and suicide. On March 19, 1996, the FDA wrote to Pfizer stating: “We note that there appears to be an increased frequency of reports of suicidality in the pediatric/adolescent patients exposed to Sertraline [Zoloft] compared to either placebo or Sertraline-treated OCD patients. If this is in fact the case what would be a plausible explanation?” This has been a big problem since it's inception. Why are we still dealing with it today? Let's get going and stop these killers!
Zoloft, like several popular antidepressant medications, has never been specifically approved for use in children. (Zoloft has been approved for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder in children) Yet once the FDA approves a drug, it can be used for any purpose, in any population. You may have thoughts about suicide when you first start taking an antidepressant, especially if you are younger than 24 years old. Zoloft is FDA-approved for children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is not approved for treating depression in children! Legal loop holes, high priced lawyers and healthcare providers are helping to distribute this drug.
The FDA warns that your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment. Do you think this really happens? We need to stop them! Not make feeble attempts to control every psychiatrist, doctor, therapist, nurse practitioner or anyone else with a prescription pad.
When he was 12 years old, Christopher Pittman killed his beloved grandparents -- first shooting them with a shotgun, and then setting the house on fire, as he fled. Afterward, Pittman confessed to the crimes.
A few weeks before the killings, Pittman, who suffered from depression, had run away from his parents' Florida home. When found, he was committed to a psychiatric institution. Doctors there prescribed medication - the powerful antidepressant Zoloft.
Pittman says that, when he committed the crime, he was hearing voices that told him to kill his grandparents. There are an untold number of similar stories from the last 16 years of Zoloft. I think we have suffered enough so drug companies can profit!
LEXAPRO (Escitalopram) - another SSRI antidepressant. Escitalopram was developed in a close cooperation between Lundbeck and Forest Laboratories. Its development was initiated in the summer of 1997, and the resulting new drug application was submitted to the FDA in March 2001. The short time (3.5 years) it took to develop escitalopram can be attributed to the previous extensive experience of Lundbeck and Forest with citalopram (A.K.A. CELEXA), which has similar pharmacology. Meaning it is much easier and less expensive for drug companies to introduce newer, extremely evil drugs as long as they are similar to older extremely evil drugs!
Here are the directions from my daughters bottle of Lexapro "TAKE TABLET(S) BY ORAL ROUTE DAILY."
It doesn't say how many or when. Just take tablet(s).
Antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in people with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders but have no proven benefits. Serious side effects (including death) with no proven benefits? Are you kidding me? Look at some of these side effects associated with this crazy drug:
Dry Mouth, Sweating Increased, Palpitation, Hypertension, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, ECG Abnormal, Flushing, Varicose Vein, Abdominal Cramp/Pain, Belching, Bloating, Constipation, Diarrhea, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Gagging, Gastritis, Gastroenteritis, Gastroesophageal Reflux, Heartburn, Hemorrhoids, Increased Stool frequency, Indigestion, Nausea, Polyposis Gastric, Swallowing Difficulty, Toothache, Vomiting, Allergy, Anaphylaxis, Asthenia, Chest Pains, Chills, Edema of Extremities, Falling, Fatigue, Fever, Hot Flashes, Influenza-like Symptoms, Leg Pain, Malaise, Pain in Limb, Syncope, Tightness of Chest, Bruise, Anemia, Nosebleed, Hematoma, Lymphadenopathy Cervical, Arthralgia, Arthropathy, Arthritis, Back Discomfort, Bilirubin Increased, Decreased Weight, Gout, Hepatic Enzymes Increased, Hypercholesterolemia, Hyperglycemia, Increased Weight, Jaw Pain, Jaw Stiffness, Joint Stiffness, Muscle Cramp, Muscle Stiffness, Muscle Weakness, Myalgia, Thirst, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Coordination Abnormal, Dizziness, Disequilibrium, Faintness, Headache, Hyperreflexia, Light-headed Feeling, Migraine, Muscle Contractions Involuntary, Muscular Tone Increased, Paresthesia, Restless Legs, Shaking, Sluggishness, Tics, Tremor, Twitching, Vertigo, Psychiatric Disorders, Aggravated Nervousness, Agitation, Amnesia, Anxiety Attack, Apathy, Appetite Decreased, Appetite Increased, Auditory Hallucination, Bruxism, Carbohydrate Craving, Concentration Impaired, Confusion, Crying Abnormal, Depersonalization, Depression, Disorientation, Dreaming Abnormal, Emotional Lability, Excitability, Feeling Unreal, Forgetfulness, Insomnia, Irritability, Jitteriness, Lethargy, Libido Decreased, Panic Reaction, Restlessness Aggravated, Somnolence, Suicidal Tendency, Tremulousness Nervous, Yawning, Breast Neoplasm, Menorrhagia, Menstrual Cramps, Menstrual Disorder, Pelvic Inflammation, Premenstrual Syndrome, Spotting Between Menses, Asthma, Breath Shortness, Bronchitis, Coughing, Laryngitis, Nasal Congestion, Pneumonia Tracheitis, Rhinitis, Sinus Congestion, Sinus Headache, Sinusitis, Neck/Shoulder Pain, Acne, Alopecia, Eczema, Dermatitis, Dry Lips, Dry Skin, Folliculitis, Furunculosis, Lipoma, Pruritus, Rash, Skin Nodule, Conjunctivitis, Dry Eyes, Earache, Eye Infection, Eye Irritation, Metallic Taste, Pupils Dilated, Taste alteration, Tinnitus, Vision Abnormal, Vision Blurred, Visual Disturbance, Blood in Urine, Dysuria, Kidney Stone, Urinary Frequency, Urinary Tract Infection, Urinary Urgency, Anorgasmia, Ejaculation Disorder, Menstrual Disorder, Acute Renal Failure, Angioedema, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage, Grand Mal Seizures (or Convulsions), Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, Pancreatitis, QT Prolongation, Rhabdomyolysis, Serotonin Syndrome, Thrombocytopenia, Torsades de Pointes. I would list the side effects of Lexapro Withdrawal but there isn't enough room on this page.
TOPAMAX - Topiramate (brand name Topamax) is an anticonvulsant drug produced by Ortho-McNeil Neurologics. It is used to treat epilepsy and, in children, it is also indicated for treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (a disorder that causes seizures and developmental delays). It is also Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for, and now most frequently prescribed for, the prevention of migraines AND It has been used by psychiatrists to treat bipolar disorder and obesity although it is not FDA approved for this purpose. These uses are not actively promoted by the manufacturer. Psychiatrists, and others, have taken it upon themselves to use this drug for other than it's intended or approved purpose? Apparently this is a well known fact and no has put a stop to this? Sarina wasn't being treated for epilepsy, migraines or obesity so it must have been for Bi-polar? More than likely it was to counter some of the many side effects of the antidepressants because Sarina didn't have Bi-polar. Bad medicine on top of bad medicine.
The prescribing information lists these adverse reactions from the clinical trials of Topamax: "Psychiatric Disorders: Frequent: impotence, hallucination, psychosis, suicide attempt. Infrequent: euphoria, paranoid reaction, delusion, paranoia, delirium, abnormal dreaming. Rare: libido increased, manic reaction." When the cure makes you worse, doesn't that violate the "Hippocratic Oath"?
Often referred to as "Dopamax" or "Stupamax" because it affects your memory, spelling, speech, judgement, thought process while causing confusion, loss of concentration, loss of balance, tiredness and dizziness. The drug companies give us a drug to make us stupid....and we take it!
ALPRAZOLAM - also known under the trade names Xanax and Niravam, is a drug in the benzodiazepine class used to treat severe anxiety disorders and as an adjunctive treatment for anxiety associated with clinical depression. Although legal, it is often acquired on the black market and used with other recreational drugs to relieve the panic or distress of dysphoric reactions to psychedelics such as LSD and also to promote sleep in the "come-down" period following use of recreational drugs with stimulant or insomniac properties. Another prescription medication that is still on the market and distributed freely despite its well known alternate use.
Even when legally prescribed, alprazolam has been known to increase the risk of suicide attempt in patients suffering from panic disorder. When prescribed, just like other mind altering medications, it's use should be monitored closely. Not prescribe it and forget it! Especially when you are prescribing half a dozen drugs at once!
Therapeutic efficacy for depression and panic disorder has been demonstrated with the triazolobenzodiazepine alprazolam. However, potentially serious adverse events, including depression and suicide attempts, have been reported in patients taking this medication. This medication causes depression (and suicide attempts) so you can also go on an antidepressant (which also can cause you to commit suicide).
Clinical Psychiatry News online reports (below) that an independent analysis of the suicide rate in psychotropic drug trials-- for drugs approved by the FDA between 1985-2000-- found that the NEW DRUGS did NOT REDUCE the risk of suicide--they INCREASED the risk.
At a meeting of the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Arif Khan raised serious concerns about the apparent link to suicide of the new psychotropic drugs: "'We have to ask if medication is the only way' to approach the prevention of suicide?" Dr. Kahn analyzed the data on suicide rates for more than 71,604 patients who were treated in clinical trials. He noted that despite the fact that in most clinical trials patients who are actively suicidal are excluded--the suicide rates in those trials are exceedingly high:
752 per 100,000 persons for those treated with atypical antipsychotics--risperidone, olanzapine, and quetiapine;
718 per 100, 000 persons for those treated with all the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors;
425 suicides for those treated for "social anxiety disorder" with nefazodone, mirtazapine, and bupropion;
136 suicides for those treated for panic disorder--with benzodiazepine alprazolam;
105 suicides for those treated for obsessive-compulsive disorder with anticonvulsant valproate.
[ The suicide rate of persons in the population at large is 11 per 100,000 per year.]
Dr. Khan's finding raises serious ethical questions about clinical trials in psychiatry:
Are patients assigned to placebo exposed to increased mortality risk?
Or, as the article points out, some observers" have suggested that psychotropics may themselves increase the risk of suicide."
Dr. Khan further suggested that "The high rates of suicide among patients studied might suggest an "iceberg effect" in the general population. The numbers that come to light under the close scrutiny of the clinical trial situation indicate the extent to which attempted and completed suicides are concealed or mislabeled in the community."
The truth is out there. It needs to be told! The number of doctors, nurses, therapists that agree not to mention the victims and survivors all attest to the fact that this is WRONG and it needs to be dealt with NOW! We need your help! Email us and sign our petition!
DIAZEPAM - first marketed as Valium in 1963, is a benzodiazepine derivative drug. It possesses anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, sedative, skeletal muscle relaxant and amnestic properties. It is commonly used for treating anxiety, insomnia, seizures, alcohol withdrawal, and muscle spasms. Another depression causing drug to further drive the world of prescription medicines.
Diazepam should not be taken in conjunction with other seizure medications or antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Etrafon), amoxapine (Ascendin), citalopram (Celexa), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), paroxetine (Paxil), protriptyline (Vivactil), sertraline (Zoloft), or trimipramine (Surmontil). Why was this drug prescribed in conjunction with Lexapro and Topamax? Was it ignorance? Was it apathy? Was it greed? Was it Iatrogenic Suicide? ....Yes it was.
SSRI's - Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors do exactly that: Inhibit the reuptake of serotonin, thus leaving excess serotonin which allows this stimulation to continue. It has long been known that inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin will produce depression, suicide, violence, psychosis, mania, cravings for alcohol and other drugs, reckless driving, etc. [See full list of reactions below]
The most popular drugs that produce this reuptake of serotonin are:
SSRI Antidepressants: Prozac, Serafem, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro
SNRI Antidepressants: Effexor, Remeron, Serzone, Cymbalta
Atypical Antipsychotics: Zyprexa, Geodon, Abilify, Seroquel, Risperdal
Weight Loss Medications: Fen-Phen, Redux, Meridia
Pain Killers: (Any opium or heroin derivative) Morphine, OxyContin, Ultram, Tramadol, Percocet, Percodan, Lortab, Demerol, Darvon or Darvocet, Codeine, Buprenex, Dilaudid, Talwin, Stadol, Vicodin, Duragesic Patches, Fentanyl Transdermal, Methadone, Dextromethorphan (commonly used in cough syrups), etc.
WARNING: Anesthetics can also fall into this group as well as drugs used for other purposes. Always check to see what the mechanism of action is in a drug before combining it with another serotonergic agent or using it soon after the use of a serotonergic agent because the combination of two can cause the potentially fatal reaction known as Serotonin Syndrome. As the main function of serotonin is constriction of smooth muscle tissue, Serotonin Syndrome produces death via multiple organ failure.
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