Sunday, August 21, 2005

Paxil Linked to Suicide Attempts in Adults

The antidepressant Seroxat has been linked to an increase in suicide attempts among adults. Researchers suggest that patients and doctors should be warned of the propensity to suicidal thoughts while on the drug.

Experts have already warned that Seroxat is not suitable for children and adolescents due to an increased risk of self harm.

In the new study of 916 adults on the drug, seven attempted to take their own life. Dr Ivar Aursnes and colleagues at the University of Oslo compared these findings with 550 patients taking a placebo, of whom one tried to commit suicide. Their conclusions are published in the journal BMC Medicine.

They say: "We conclude that the recommendation of restrictions in the use of paroxetine (Seroxat) in children and adolescents ... should include usage in adults."

Seroxat has been taken by about 20 million people around the world since being licensed in 1990. Like Prozac, it is a Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor (SSRI).

Last year the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's Committee on the Safety of Medicines reviewed SSRIs. Their report concluded that a modest increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts and self-harm for SSRIs could not

be ruled out, but the benefits for adults outweighed the risks.

A spokesman for GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of Seroxat, who are facing lawsuits in connection with the drug, said: "We take the safety of all our medicines extremely seriously.

"At this stage, it's not clear what method the researchers have used to arrive at these numbers or which clinical trials they have selected. However, we can say that these conclusions in no way reflect the picture that has been built up about the benefits and risks of paroxetine in adults through an extensive clinical trials programme involving 24,000 patients, or through the use of this medicine in tens of millions of people around the world."

The antidepressant Seroxat has been linked to an increase in suicide attempts among adults. Researchers suggest that patients and doctors should be warned of the propensity to suicidal thoughts while on the drug.

Experts have already warned that Seroxat is not suitable for children and adolescents due to an increased risk of self harm.

In the new study of 916 adults on the drug, seven attempted to take their own life. Dr Ivar Aursnes and colleagues at the University of Oslo compared these findings with 550 patients taking a placebo, of whom one tried to commit suicide. Their conclusions are published in the journal BMC Medicine.

They say: "We conclude that the recommendation of restrictions in the use of paroxetine (Seroxat) in children and adolescents ... should include usage in adults."

Seroxat has been taken by about 20 million people around the world since being licensed in 1990. Like Prozac, it is a Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor (SSRI).

Last year the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's Committee on the Safety of Medicines reviewed SSRIs. Their report concluded that a modest increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts and self-harm for SSRIs could not

be ruled out, but the benefits for adults outweighed the risks.

A spokesman for GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of Seroxat, who are facing lawsuits in connection with the drug, said: "We take the safety of all our medicines extremely seriously.

"At this stage, it's not clear what method the researchers have used to arrive at these numbers or which clinical trials they have selected. However, we can say that these conclusions in no way reflect the picture that has been built up about the benefits and risks of paroxetine in adults through an extensive clinical trials programme involving 24,000 patients, or through the use of this medicine in tens of millions of people around the world."

By Geneviève Roberts

Friday, August 19, 2005

Celexa Suicide: One of Many

Jim Torlakson uses art to make a statement

By Chris Hunter

Daughter's suicide sparks advocacy role By Chris Hunter When a parent outlives a child, we all can sympathize with the grief that remains.

Sometimes, the specific tragedy can inspire a kind of rebirth through advocacy. In national news, Bay Area resident Cindy Sheehan has been inspired by the death of her son in Iraq to challenge President Bush on the war. John Walsh turned the disappearance and murder of his son Adam into a life's work to prevent, or at least catch, criminals.

Locally, James Torlakson has found that his artistic background is helping him become an advocate for a growing battle against drug companies and their pharmaceutical therapies for depression.

On March 15, 2004, his daughter Elizabeth, just 21 years of age, entered a closed BART tunnel in San Francisco and threw herself in front of a train. She had been under the care of a doctor who had prescribed the drug Celexa to treat her depression.

A debate on the effectiveness of mood-altering drugs is growing in intensity, with more and more people recognizing the possible connection between drugs meant to heal and the sometimes-negative effect they can produce. In fact, it's becoming something widely recognized as an important, public topic. Most objective websites, even those produced by the drug companies themselves, indicate that "suicide" is a potential side effect of taking the drug Celexa, for example. But they also point to the countless patients who are helped by the drug.


Torlakson's brother, Tom Torlakson, is a California State Senator (D-Anitoch) who has initiated legislation that would simply require doctors to have a brief training session about the controversy before prescribing drugs to depressed young people. Senate Bill 524 is not yet law, and has been struggling against drug company lobbying. Ironically, when Elizabeth Torlakson died, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about her as the niece of State Senator Tom Torlakson, leaving her father out of the news story completely. Lately, Jim Torlakson says his politician brother is doing all he can to help.

The FDA earlier this year ruled that drug companies must place a "Black Box" warning on some drugs indicating that they could possibly induce suicidal behavior in some cases, particularly in children and adolescents. In last weekend's The Boondocks, a nationally syndicated Sunday newspaper comic strip by Aaron McGruder, a cartoon character promoting "Truth" asks an adult in one panel "Did you know that Prozac can lead to suicide?"

The growing awareness of the problem has given Pacifican James Torlakson a little bit of comfort, but nothing will ever take away the pain of having lost his daughter. So, he has embarked on a journey to help other families realize they are not alone with similar grim situations.

Torlakson, who teaches art at City College of San Francisco, has been relentless in his exploration of his daughter's death. He acquired eerie BART photos showing her last few moments alive. He analyzed every detail of the police reports, the autopsy and every other official bit of paperwork he could get his hands on. His most prized possession is the toxicology report that links the drug his daughter was taking to her death.

"I've had a lot of things of a real spiritual nature happen," says Torlakson. "I asked God what to do next. The answer was just instant; a complete package."

The revelation for Torlakson was to use his artistic talents to speak for himself and the other families across the nation who have similar stories. His website, already established as a showcase for his art, became a virtual gathering place for like minds. His ultimate goal is to establish the "Elizabeth Torlakson Foundation" as an entity that can have an impact on the issue. A small artistic shrine in his workshop, devoted to Elizabeth, is an example of how Torlakson tries to keep the memory of his daughter alive. He gives a lot of credit to his wife, Stephanie, for her unconditional support of his current activities.

He created a poster that shows a handgun next to a bottle of pills. Another poster shows a graphic image of exactly what happened to his daughter when the BART train hit her. Alongside the image is a series of statements and indictments of drug companies, doctors and others Torlakson blames.

"It's just at the beginning," he says of his web and poster efforts. "The very core issue is to save lives by getting people aware of the problem."

As if to prove that he is really not alone, Torlakson has been receiving email from people who stumble across his website and the story of Elizabeth.

"I'm the mother of five children," writes one woman, going on to tell of her 15-year-old son who committed suicide while taking the drug Celexa. "I found the website about Elizabeth Torlakson and just felt the need to make contact. Thank you for sharing your story through pictures."

Torlakson says he is in touch with other people who have lost children and is hoping to provide graphic images and posters to link the grieving community. Some advocates have asked Torlakson for images. He has also designed and had made a lapel pin promoting the political advocacy action.

"I'm helping with the grieving process," says Torlakson. "That's what we do. It will help pull people together. This is more important than anything I've ever created. The work is painful, but I have not been this inspired since I began my career. This is what I'm supposed to be doing and I've just put my heart in it."

For details about what James Torlakson is doing, visit his website at
www.jamestorlakson.com . He is exhibiting some artwork, unrelated to this project, at the US Bank office in Eureka Square. He also would like to hear from anyone interested in participating in his work or helping to fund his efforts at promoting public awareness.

Dr. Hy Bloom

I have been seeing Dr. HY BLOOM a highly educated and well respected doctor specializing in in Workplace Conflict and Violence Prevention and Management. Dr. Bloom B.A., LL.B., M.D., F.R.C.P.(C) received his LL.B. from McGill University in 1978, and his M.D. from McMaster University in 1984. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1980. Hy has also co-authored a book as well called "Defending Mentally Disordered Persons" in 1995. I have not read the book, but I like the title. He takes very detailed notes, which is a very positive sign in my eyes, he just has not asked enough questions to do an un-bias report.

I've only seen Dr. Bloom 3 times and he is from those 3 meetings to determine the roles the antidepressants have played in my tragic and devastating event, in which I, without a doubt know have been caused by the withdrawal from antidepressant drugs. While my case is very complex, it is up to Dr. Hy Bloom to determine the role that these antidepressants played. I feel that he has not asked enough questions or allowed me the time to describe more myself. I feel that he has only asked the questions to support the crowns theory and not to gather the required information to a truly un-bias report. I have not heard much about him, but my future is in the hands of this one doctor. Is that unnerving or what? While his report could go either way and possibly land me in prison for an undetermined amount of time, I hope that Dr. Hy Bloom will see past the smoke to see the clouds so to speak, and provide and accurate and useful report. In my opinion, Dr Bloom needs more information in order to make a proper assessment. I'm confident that even if he does not agree completely with me, that his report would contain valuable information that I will need to further pursue treatment, or at least a stepping stone in the right direction. Who knows for sure, we will have to wait and see. I just feel I have so much more to tell him, but ran out of time. I feel as thought, he has not allowed enough time for me to provide him the information he requires. I waited patiently for him to ask the questions, when he did not, I had no time to tell him, what I felt was valuable information and required in order to make a un-bias and professional report.

I see it as the event would have never occurred had it not been for the withdrawal effects of the antidepressants, Dr. Bloom may see it as I would not have had a negative reaction to the withdrawal had it not been for a mental health reason or he may not even consider the effects of the medication. In my opinion this would be a huge mistake, but there really is nothing I can do about it. So we will have to wait to see what report Dr. Bloom provides and what happens to me as a result of these evil pills.

Dr. Bloom is a part of a group called workplace.clam. They are located in Toronto, Canada, so if you are a Canadian in need of an evaluation you may see if this group can help you. But be careful, like I said, I don't feel he did a complete and un-bias analysis because there are so many things, left un-asked and un-answered.

If anyone knows of any other resources people in Canada could try for help just add it to the comments. There are thousands of resources for Americans, but finding any in Canada seem to be very tough. So help out with a resource if you can.

FDA Reviews Data for Antidepressant Use in Adults

In response to recent scientific publications that report the possibility of increased risk of suicidal behavior in adults treated with antidepressants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Public Health Advisory (PHA) to update patients and healthcare providers with the latest information on this subject.

Even before the publication of these recent reports, FDA had already begun the process of reviewing available data to determine whether there is an increased risk of suicidal behavior in adults taking antidepressants. The Agency has asked manufacturers to provide information from their trials using an approach similar to that used in the evaluation of the risk of suicidal behavior in the pediatric population taking antidepressants. This effort will involve hundreds of clinical trials and may take more than a year to complete.

In the meantime, the PHA advises health care providers and patients to be aware of the following:

  • Adults being treated with antidepressant medicines, particularly those being treated for depression, should be watched closely for worsening of depression and for increased suicidal thinking or behavior.
  • Close observation of adults may be especially important when antidepressant medications are started for the first time or when doses for the specific drugs prescribed have been changed.
  • Adults whose symptoms worsen while being treated with antidepressants, including an increase in suicidal thinking or behavior, should be evaluated by their health care professional.

These recommendations are consistent with warnings already present in approved labeling for antidepressants used by adults.

FDA will provide updated information as it becomes available. The Public Health Advisory is available on line at http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/advisory/SSRI200507.htm.

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS DO CAUSE VIOLENCE AND SUICIDE

 PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS DO CAUSE VIOLENCE AND SUICIDE

Group says psychiatrists are accountable for ignoring evidence of antidepressant causing homicidal and suicidal reactions in order to protect billion dollar cash-cow

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) applauds the British Medical Journal (BMJ) for turning over documents to U.S. officials confirming the violence inducing effects of antidepressant drugs. The confidential documents allegedly went missing more than 10 years ago following a high profile anti-depressant induced homicide trial. CCHR says that this latest revelation in the psychiatric drug scandal comes after more than a decade of "battling psychiatrists" in order to secure the rights of people to be fully informed about the dangers of psychiatric drugs. "If it weren't for psychiatrists vested interests, the public would have been warned about the deadly effects of these drugs in 1991," says Bruce Wiseman, U.S. President of CCHR.

In 1989, through Freedom of Information Act, officials from CCHR obtained the Adverse Reaction Reports on the first Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant, psychiatry's latest "wonder drug." CCHR, along with medical experts, presented evidence of homicidal and suicidal drug reactions to the FDA's psychopharmacological drugs advisory committee in 1991. However the FDA panel, comprising nine psychiatrists and a psychologist, ignored the evidence presented, including the 500 deaths that had been linked to the drug.

"For more than a decade, psychiatrists have promoted these killer drugs with a vengeance—freely prescribing suicidal and violence—inducing antidepressants despite knowing the drugs deadly effects", Wiseman says. "Today we have millions of children who have been prescribed these drugs because of psychiatry's vested interests. Psychiatrists create mental disorders in order to sell drugs, and then defend the drugs, lying about their safety to the public."

CCHR has exposed how psychiatrists fraudulently promoted "chemical imbalance" or "mental disorders" when chemical imbalance tests do no exist and no X-rays, blood tests, brain scans or any form of scientific evidence exist to prove a physical abnormality for any so-called "mental disorder."

"It's a hoax perpetrated on the American public by a multi-billion dollar mental health industry," says Wiseman.

CCHR officials say that scandals have plagued the mental health industry in recent months with the U.S. FDA issuing a black box warning of suicide for children and adolescents and with federal legislators passing the Prohibition on Mandatory Medication Amendment Act designed to protect parents from forced psychiatric drugging of school children.

Wiseman states, "The latest revelation that psychiatrists failed to act upon evidence that psychiatric drugs cause violence and suicide warrants not only a federal investigation—but swift and immediate federal action to remedy this travesty. It is time that psychiatrists are held accountable for this drug epidemic. People believe they need to take a drug because psychiatrists have lied to them and have promoted and prescribed these drugs with no evidence of physical abnormality—risking millions of lives, including children."

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was established by the Church of Scientology in 1969 to investigate, expose, and eradicate psychiatric violations of human rights.

International media confirms what CCHR said 16 years ago; psychiatric antidepressants cause violence. Click on the news stories below:

British Medical Journal - "FDA to review 'missing' drug company documents"

CNN - "Papers indicate firm knew possible Prozac suicide risk"

Los Angeles Times - "Journal Sends Prozac Documents to FDA"

The Scotsman - "US drug company knew that 'Prozac could lead to violence'"

Los Angeles Times - "Lilly Said to Know of Prozac Risk in '80s"

Happiness in a Bottle?

or Death in a Bottle?

Has the U.S. been tricked into believing prescription pills can cure everything? Despite all the news about their dangers they are still pushing these drugs out to market.

According to recent drug ads we can cure every ailment – from depression, anxiety, insomnia, hyperactivity, even the change of life. When did Americans become so gullible? Could it be that when the FDA relaxed the rules for television advertising of prescription drugs, we bought this illusion of happiness?

The fact that drug ads soared from $12 million to $1.58 billion in a decade indicates that the direct-to-consumer ads are working. Many patients ask their doctor for a drug by name or self diagnose their symptoms based on what they see on television. When did this dangerous trend turn on us as a society?

The recent murders by Jeff Weise, a sixteen year old a resident of the Red Lake Indian Reservation who killed nine people before killing himself has left the country in shock and wondering whether Prozac, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Zoloft, Xanax, Valium or any drug for ADHD is safe for our children.

We have heard many theories as to the cause – trauma, guns, poverty, goth culture, even video games. And yet, the question many parents are quietly asking is whether the drugs so readily prescribed to our children are increasing the risk of school shootings. Could such a tragedy have been avoided?

These are the questions that are addressed by Label Me Sane, a California organization dedicated to raising awareness regarding the dangers of prescription psychoactive drugs. Since the shootings in Minnesota they have been inundated with requests from parents seeking safe solutions to withdraw their children safely off behavioral drugs. Multitudes of adults have also requested assistance to withdraw from anti-depressants, sleeping pills or anti-anxiety drugs safely and without the withdrawal symptoms so many have suffered.

Recent statistics show that 40-50% of the American public is on anti-depressants. This does not include the use of anti-psychotics, stimulants and anti-anxiety drugs, such as sleeping pills – making the total number of drugged Americans into the tens of millions. What happens when someone tries to withdraw off a behavioral drug?

Many describe the withdrawals as excruciating, terrifying and worse than the depression or anxiety they were trying to treat. This is certainly nothing we want our children to suffer through.  And you would not want to die or be killed from them either.

Alesandra Rain, co-founder of Label Me Sane suffered terrifying withdrawals when she tried to stop her antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. It forced their organization to seek safe alternatives to withdraw off drugs without the crippling symptoms she suffered. "I don’t want anyone to suffer as I did. There is a solution available to withdraw safely and I encourage everyone to contact us for the information," states Rain

Harvard psychiatrist charges Eli Lilly lied about Prozac, hid suicide evidence

Eli Lilly lied about Prozac, hid suicide evidence, charges Harvard psychiatrist

Eli Lilly treated the American public "like guinea pigs" says Harvard psychiatrist Martin Teicher. He goes on to explain how Eli Lilly was engaged in widespread scientific fraud in the cherry picking of individuals for drug trial results. Basically, if anyone in the drug trial began to show suicidal behavior, they were "excused" from the trial and removed from the outcome data.

None of this is any surprise to readers of this website, of course. I went public with accusations about the suicide risk of of antidepressant drugs in 1999. At that time it was widely ridiculed and called a "conspiracy theory." Now, once again, it is emerging as scientific fact. There are so many murder/suicides linked to Prozac and other SSRI drugs that the public would be absolutely shocked to learn the true details of how many people have been killed by these drugs. Remember Phil Hartman, the comedian? He was killed by his wife who was also on these drugs. And let's not forget the Colombine massacre, in which both teenage boys who blew away their classmates were on antidepressants.

What amazes me the most about all this is how drug companies manage to cover up these facts and suppress negative evidence for so long. After all, these missing Prozac documents are from a trial in 1994! That's a good ten years of suppression during which billions of dollars worth of these drugs have been peddled to patients by drug-pushing doctors.

Of course, Eli Lilly denies everything. All their drugs are perfectly safe, they have nothing to hide, and their only mission is to serve the good of mankind... to hear it from them, anyway.

I wonder how the parents of the Colombine children feel about all this?

Prozac had 1200% higher suicide rate

Eli Lilly knew Prozac had 1200% higher suicide rate than other
antidepressants

It's yet another example of the widespread negligent actions committed by Big Pharma in the quest for profits. It's not just Vioxx, Bextra or Celebrex. Now the truth is finally starting to come out on antidepressantdrugs like Prozac.

And what is the truth? That drug makers like Eli Lilly not only knew their star drugs were more dangerous than alternatives, but that they actively sought to suppress the release of that information in order to protectprofits.

What we are witnessing today is the beginning of the end of an era: the days of the Big Pharma con in which direct-to-consumer advertising pushed a drugindustry to unprecedented levels of corporate greed.

Of course, Eli Lilly denies everything. It's the same story talking to Merck. All these companies claim to be actually protecting the public health and working for the common good. Yet they continue to sell drugs with questionable safety records that are only now coming to light. And in none of these cases did these companies produce these documents on their own. In every case, they were "caught" by other people or organizations such as the British Medical Journal, which has gone public with these documents onProzac.

If all this sounds familiar, it is: Big Tobacco used the same stonewalling efforts in its ongoing denials that cigarettes were harmful to health (or even addictive, if you can believe that). Today, Big Pharma looks a whole lot like Big Tobacco: corporate greed, massive cover-ups, and hundreds ofthousands of people dying each year from the use of their products.

One more thing: there are still tens of thousands of brainwashed physicians willing to prescribe all these dangerous drugs to you. And if the brainwashing wasn't enough, the kickbacks certainly are. Recommended reading: "On the Take" by Jerome Kassirer, M.D. If you want to know the truth about how drug companies literally bribe doctors into peddling their drugs, read this book. It's authored by the former editor-in-chief of theBritish Medical Journal.

Finally, I want to mention that I warned people about the suicide risk of Prozac back in 1998. Back then, the idea that antidepressant drugs could cause suicides was considered ludicrous. It was fringe information, almost conspiracy theory stuff. Today, we're learning it's 100% true. And if you don't believe me, just ask the parents of all the children killed at the Colombine high school massacre in Colorado: their killers were onantidepressant drugs.

Getting the picture yet?

Antidepressants continue to be linked to suicidal thoughts

Antidepressants linked to suicidal thoughts:
Studies continue to pour in linking antidepressants of all types to increase suicidal thoughts in patients with depression. For at least two years, researchers have found that children and adolescents on depression pills tend to have more thoughts of suicide, and now scientists are discovering the same trend among adults as well. Be sure to read the related article, Vioxx only the beginning; antidepressants and statin drugs are medication timebombs.

See more articles like this one at www.AntidepressantsNews.com

Original news summary: (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,148044,00.html)

* Studies continue to raise questions about the risk of suicide in patients treated with antidepressant drugs.
* In 2004, the FDA concluded that antidepressant medications (search) increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and adolescents with depression (search).
* A new review bolsters claims of an increased risk of suicidal behavior in people taking the most popular antidepressants, but a second trial found no increase in such risk among depressed patients taking selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (search) (SSRIs).
* A third study showed the risk of suicidal behavior to be no greater in patients taking SSRIs than in those taking an older class of antidepressants.
* Untreated moderate-to-severe depression in adults appears to pose a bigger suicide risk than SSRI use.
* In one of the newly published studies, researchers assessed the risk of self-harm and suicide among 146,000 patients taking either SSRIs or tricyclic antidepressants.
* They found that the SSRIs and tricyclics, such as Elavil, Norpramin, or Pamelor, had similar risk profiles with regard to suicide and self-harm in adults.
* "Our finding that SSRIs and tricyclic antidepressants (search) have a similar risk profile with respect to self-harm and nonfatal self-harm is reassuring," researcher Carlos Martinez, PhD, and colleagues from the United Kingdom's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency wrote.
* Researcher Dean Fergusson, PhD, and colleagues from Canada's Ottawa Health Research Institute analyzed 700 studies involving more than 87,000 patients.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Paxil®: Paroxetine - side effects/adverse reactions:

Paxil®: Paroxetine - side effects/adverse reactions:

central nervous system: Headache, nervousness, insomnia, drowsiness, anxiety, tremor, dizziness, fatigue, sedation, abnormal dreams, agitation, apathy, euphoria, hallucinations, delusions, psychosis.

gastrointestinal: Nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, anorexia, dyspepsia, constipation, cramps, vomiting, taste changes, flatulence, decreased appetite
skin: Sweating, rash.

respiratory: Infection, pharyngitis, nasal congestion, sinus headache, sinusitis, cough, dyspnea.

cardiovascular: Vasodilation, postural hypotension, palpitations

musculoskeletal: Pain, arthritis, myalgia, myopathy, myosthenia

urinary: Dysmenorrhea, decreased libido, urinary frequency, UTI, amenorrhea, cystitis, impotence, abnormal ejaculation

ears, eyes, nose, & throat: Visual changes

systemic: Asthenia, fever


- intense insomnia
- extraordinarily vivid dreams
- extreme confusion during waking hours
- intense fear of losing your sanity
-steady feeling of existing outside of reality as you know it (referred to as depersonalization at times)
-memory and concentration problems
- Panic Attacks (even if you never had one before)
- severe mood swings, esp. heightened irritability / anger.
- suicidal thoughts
- an unconventional dizziness/ vertigo
- the feeling of shocks, similar to mild electric one, running the length of your body
- an unsteady gait
- slurred speech
- headaches
- profuse sweating, esp. at night
- muscle cramps
- blurred vision
- breaking out in tears.
- hypersensitivity to motion, sounds, smells.
- decreased appetite
- nausea
- abdominal cramping, diarrhea
- loss of appetite
- chills/ hot flashes


While my own experiences with withdrawal where severe, I have noticed that even missing one day can increase irritability and create mood swings. I would purposely miss a dose to try and counter the sexual side effects and now, looking back discovered that I was extremely irritable on those days. Everyone is unique so side effects may vary, but the dangers are there. It is much safer to be watched and pay attention while changing doses, as an unsupervised increase or stoppage may be the last thing you ever do. If you are coming off these medications, please take the week off work, do it under your doctors supervision, do not be left alone, and avoid any conflict or task that could make you irritable, just relax and drink lots of water. If you start to feel hopeless or violent, consult your doctor immediately or go to the hospital. I know this may sound a little drastic, but it is in your best interest. My life has been turned upside down, and the pain it has caused seem irreversible, but I am thankful that my loved ones and I are still alive.

The FDA finally admits antidepressant drugs cause suicidal tendencies

The FDA has now finally admitted that children who use antidepressant drugs
are 180 percent more likely to have suicidal tendencies than children taking
placebos. This is after the agency stalled for months by requesting an
independent investigation of the research data, during which antidepressant
drugs continued to be prescribed in huge numbers to children around the
country and around the world -- all at great profit to pharmaceutical
companies.
Apparently, this took so long because the FDA wasn’t sure if the children
were committing suicide from taking prescription drugs or from having to
talk to FDA investigators. Apparently, children who are treated as guinea
pigs by U.S. drug companies and drug regulators tend to think far more
violent thoughts. I’m not sure why that is, but it could be that the drugs
are interfering with their Ritalin.

The FDA has been accused of delaying this obvious decision on announcing the
dangers of antidepressant drugs. In its defense, the FDA says it wasn’t an
intentional delay. The agency was just too busy rubber-stamping the approval
of other drugs by pharmaceutical companies. The agency also explained it is
trying to move more quickly on the approval of drugs so that children who
show suicidal tendencies can be put on a third drug: anti-suicide drugs that
alter their brain chemistry and counteract the negative side effects of
antidepressant drugs.

So at first the kid is hyper and you put him on Ritalin. Then, he feels down
all the time and gets depressed, so you put him on antidepressants. When he
attempts to commit suicide, you put him on anti-suicide drugs and end up
writing three checks to your local pharmacy instead of one. That’s good
business, according to the FDA, because now the children are being taken
care of by the very best high-tech medicine available anywhere in the world.

Are there really depressed, bummed out kids running around our country who
need prescription drugs? Buy those kids an X-Box and hook them up to some
interactive video games. Get them some cool science projects or some
construction kits where they can build their own robots. It seems to me that
these drugs for children are really marketed and purchased for the benefit
of the parents who are probably more drugged out than the children ever
deserved to be in the first place.

By the way, ever wonder what’s stupid about all of this? Even though the FDA
finally admits that these drugs cause children to have suicidal tendencies,
the drug remains perfectly legal and can be prescribed to children by
physicians right now without any repercussions from the FDA.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Zoloft is not for everyone


Zoloft is not for everyone. People who enjoy living should not take Zoloft. Side effects may include, dry mouth, constant uncontrollable rages, insomnia, sexual side effects, diarrhea, nausea, sleeplessness, and a compelling urge to harm ones self or others. You may experience the need to throw your self in front of a Mac truck, slash your self repeatedly or even drown your children. While Zoloft is not for everyone, we urge you to visit your doctor and try a free sample. Zoloft is not habit forming, but it is extremely difficult to discontinue. If you are experience difficulty with your current dose ask your doctor to increase your dosage. For more information on how to make your depression worse or harm your self and others visit any website that is not ours. While we have done our best to hide the truth and twist the definitions we're sure that if you do have an adverse effect from our drugs you won't be around to complain about it.

Not recommended for people under the age of 150, side effects may vary, but you will have them. There is no proof that these drugs do anything more than increase your risk of death and violence.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

FRESNO / Girl, 11, to go on trial for rock incident / Mayor stands by police in face of ethnic bias claim

"Fresno -- Until the afternoon of April 29, 11-year-old Maribel Cuevas' only connection with law enforcement was involvement in a mentoring program sponsored by the Police Activities League.
But that day a rock she says slipped from her hand struck Elijah Vang, 8, in the forehead. A 911 call led to Maribel being arrested by Fresno police officers, handcuffed and taken to Juvenile Hall, where she stayed for five days before a judge released her on the condition she wear an electronic ankle bracelet.

On Wednesday, Maribel is scheduled to go on trial in Juvenile Court on felony assault charges. Authorities say the rock-throwing incident was too serious to be treated lightly.

But critics of the Police Department's actions, including Maribel's father, say the treatment would have been different if Mirabel wasn't a Latina living in one of the city's poorer neighborhoods.

'If this was a middle-class or upper-class neighborhood it would have been a very different outcome,' said the Rev. Floyd Harris Jr., who led a 100- person vigil Friday in front of Juvenile Hall to support Maribel.

'Police don't have the same respect for people of color in this town,' Harris said.

Fresno's mayor, Alan Autry, commended the department in a statement. 'In Fresno, we love our children too much to treat this like it was just a childhood dispute when in fact the consequences could have been tragic.'

Maribel says she was defending herself against Elijah and other boys who had thrown rocks and water balloons at her and some... " Read More:

USATODAY.com - Diabetes threat looms even as life begins

USATODAY.com - Diabetes threat looms even as life begins: "Among all the worries that plague pregnant women, one that had been relatively rare seems to be increasing along with the plumping of America.

Gestational diabetes � a condition that occurs during pregnancy and usually disappears when the baby is born � is being diagnosed more often and in younger women, doctors say.
'We're seeing teenagers with type 2 diabetes and teenagers with gestational diabetes,' says Steven Gabbe, an obstetrician/gynecologist and dean of the Vanderbilt University Medical School. 'It used to be that teenagers were very low-risk, but with increasing obesity, that's no longer the case.'
About 135,000 pregnant women, roughly 2% to 8% of all pregnancies, are affected by gestational diabetes each year in the USA. But two Kaiser Permanente studies in the past year have found increasing rates in some regions and among younger women.

Questions about treatment

Treatment for pregnant women diagnosed with the condition usually starts with diet and exercise. But if ..." http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-08-02-gestational-diabetes_x.htm

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

CNN.com - The master chef who killed himself - Jul 27, 2005

CNN.com - The master chef who killed himself - Jul 27, 2005: "(CNN) -- From the time he was a teenager, Bernard Loiseau had one overarching ambition: to be the chef of a restaurant rated three stars in France's annual Michelin Guide, the leading arbiter of the country's restaurants.
For years, he drove himself towards his goal. He learned the trade, training under some of France's finest kitchen artists, doing the menial jobs required of any aspiring French cook.
He borrowed money to buy his own place -- a small hotel and eatery in the town of Saulieu, many miles from Paris -- and pushed passionately to make it worth Michelin's 'special journey,' an honor generally accorded fewer than 20 restaurants in the whole country.
And he succeeded. In 1991, his restaurant, the Cote d'Or, was given three Michelin stars. Loiseau's style of cooking, rooted in the basics of the foods he served -- 'I do sauces, but their role is just to let the ingredients express themselves,' he said -- became the latest thing.
'He started to look like a trend-setter,' says Rudolph Chelminski, an acquaintance of Loiseau and author of 'The Perfectionist' (Gotham), a biography of Loiseau and his restaurant milieu. 'In the '90s he was riding a wave -- his 'simplified cooking' was in.'"

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Mesothelioma Cancer - Resources for Mesothelioma Patients

Mesothelioma Cancer is a rare cancer often associated with asbestos. If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos you can find out more here:

Mesothelioma Web - Resources for Mesothelioma Patients: "Before the Internet, it was very hard to find comprehensive information on mesothelioma in a timely manner. Now, with the development of the Internet there is so much information available that sorting through it all can be overwhelming.
The Mesothelioma Web (MW) is dedicated to consolidating the most up to date, concise, mesothelioma medical information, contacts and important links. Our resource coordinators are constantly on the lookout for new information and are available to help you find answers for your individual situation. Mesothelioma " http://www.mesotheliomaweb.org

Dangers of Pediatric Polypharmacy

Dangers of pediatric polypharmacy for psychiatric symptoms

Pediatric polypharmacy, the practice of prescribing two or more medications for psychiatric symptoms in children, is on the rise in the United States, raising concern about unknown side effects, according to a new study appearing in the August issue of the journal Psychiatry 2005.

I-Newswire) - "This is a critical issue - it's not uncommon to find a child on an anti-depressant, a mood stabilizer, and a sleep agent all at the same time, but there's no research to see how these drugs interact with each other" says co-author Joseph Penn, MD a child psychiatrist with the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center (BHCRC ) in Providence, RI and Brown Medical School.

The authors reviewed 10 years of scholarly articles pertaining to polypharmacy in pediatric settings, and found that all the studies comparing these rates across time showed an increase in the practice.

However, the authors warn there are almost no studies or published research on which to justify prescribing multiple medications for psychiatric disorders in children.

According to the study, the most frequent combination were stimulants such as methylphenidate ( Ritalin ) or dextroamphetamine ( Dexedrine,
Adderall ) commonly used to treat ADHD, with another psychotropic medication.

Another contributing factor to the increased risks of prescribing multiple drugs is the prevalence of off-label prescriptions – the practice of prescribing a medication to children when there is not a FDA approved indication for that disorder in children.

"For example, aytpicals like risperidone are sometimes used to symptomatically treat psychosis or aggression in children, but most of these medications don't have FDA approval for use on psychiatric symptoms in the pediatric age group," says co-author Henrietta Leonard, MD, a child psychiatrist with the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center and Brown Medical School. "We just don't have the efficacy or safety data to back up what is common clinical practice."

Because there are limits to the data available on the efficacy of a single medication in the pediatric age group, the authors express
deep concern over the rise in polypharmacy because it could multiply the risk of adverse events.

"The FDA recently questioned whether there is a link between the use of antidepressants in children and suicidal thoughts – if there is so much concern over the effects of a single drug, how much riskier is it to prescribe multiple drugs?" Penn says.

The authors cite examples of a child on two medications for ADHD who died suddenly, and additionally describe serotonin syndrome, a serious and potentially fatal illness that can result when a child receives two medications with serotonergic properties.

In addition, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ( AACAP ) has issued a policy statement saying, "Little data exist to support advantageous efficacy for drug combinations, used primarily to treat co-morbid conditions."


Adults Vulnerable to Suicidal Effects of Antidepressants

Patients taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants, may be at an increased risk of suicidal and violent behavior. While there has been previous debate on whether or not antidepressant drugs increase the risk of suicide and violence in some children, recent studies concerning the suicide risk of people over age 18 have widened the possible effect to adults.

In one study, researchers analyzed 345 antidepressant trials for depression and other conditions; the trials involved over 36,000 men and women. The goal was to determine if a link existed between the use of SSRIs and suicide attempts.

The Study Found:

  • Over 140 total suicide attempts!
  • Suicide rate was twice as high in patients taking SSRIs, when compared to those taking placebo (dummy) pills or other forms of therapy, but no more likely to complete the act
  • There was no difference between patients taking SSRIs and those taking other antidepressants, such as tricyclics

Such findings--which place taking antidepressants in a negative light, should make doctors aware that SSRIs and tricyclics can evoke or worsen suicidal behavior during the early phases of treatment or withdrawl, prompting closer monitoring of patients. Also, routine prescribing of antidepressants for children and adolescents should be discouraged and avoided.

Recent studies have focused on the antidepressants’ effectiveness, as studies have found that the drugs are no more effective than a placebo, rather than their safety. SSRIs bring in billions of dollars in sales each year.

If Someone You Know Is Depressed

If Someone You Know Is Depressed

To help someone recover from depression:
  • Encourage the person to make an appointment with a doctor, or make the appointment yourself. You may want to go along for support.
  • Encourage the person to stick with the treatment plan, and work with their doctor to get off any medications.
  • Improvement may take several weeks. If no improvement occurs, encourage the person to seek a different treatment rather than giving up.
  • Give emotional support by listening carefully and offering hope.
  • Invite the person to join you in activities that you know he or she used to enjoy, but keep in mind that expecting too much too soon can lead to feelings of failure.
  • Do not accuse the person of faking illness or expect them to "snap out of it."
    Take comments about suicide seriously, and seek professional advice.
  • Do not leave them alone if they are coming off a antidepressant. This is when they will need friends and family the most. They may have dangerous side effects that may even result in death, and harm to others.

Dealing with the Depths of Depression

Dealing with the Depths of Depression: "Imagine attending a party with these prominent guests: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Robert Schumann, Ludwig von Beethoven, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Vincent van Gogh, and Georgia O'Keefe. Maybe Schumann and Beethoven are at the dinner table intently discussing the crescendos in their most recent scores, while Twain sits on a couch telling Poe about the plot of his latest novel. O'Keefe and Van Gogh may be talking about their art, while Roosevelt and Lincoln discuss political endeavors.
But in fact, these historical figures also had a much more personal common experience: Each of them battled the debilitating illness of depression.

It is common for people to speak of how 'depressed' they are. However, the occasional sadness everyone feels due to life's disappointments is very different from the serious illness caused by a brain disorder. Depression profoundly impairs the ability to function in everyday situations by affecting moods, thoughts, behaviors, and physical well-being.

Twenty-seven-year-old Anne (not her real name) has suffered from depression for more than 10 years. 'For me it's feelings of worthlessness,' she explains. 'Feeling like I haven't accomplished the things that I want to or feel I should have and yet I don't have the energy to do them. It's feeling disconnected from people in my life, even friends and family who care about me. It's not wanting to get out of bed some mornings and losing hope that life will ever get better.'

Depression strikes about 17 million American adults each year--more than cancer, AIDS, or coronary heart disease--according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). An estimated 15 percent of chronic depression cases end in suicide. Women are twice as likely as men to be affected.

Many people simply don't know..." http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/1998/498_dep.html

Faith in the Faithless

We put so much faith in the ones who have no faith. Drug companies are not out for the greater good, they are out for money. While some of their products have been exceptional, lately any of the antidepressant drugs have been near criminal to release yet alone prescribe to the masses. How do so many people trust the recommendation and information they receive from these companies when they have been doing things like, doctoring test results and studies to get more favorable results, paying off regulatory staff to get their un-safe products to market, and denying the fact that they knew about the dangerous side effect. Yet we have faith in these faithless companies. Companies who's only faith is to profit. So often in our lives we take what we here from companies as the truth, when it is marketing.

If you think about it, where does the information about these drugs come from? The drug companies themselves. Done by an independent company my ass. Done by an independent company that relies on the grants from the company they are so called doing the independent test for. Think of all your beliefs.... now think of where they came from. How many of your beliefs are actually yours? Or are most of them passed on by others, grandparents, parents, media, school, church est. We as people are so use to being told by others what to believe, that we often do not question the validity or dangers enough. If you have the money or access to media on a large scale, you can shape and form the beliefs of the masses. For example, if the Pope went on television and told the world their was no God, millions would believe the Pope, and thus bible sales would plummet.

We often put far to much trust in companies and people of power and influence. We are seeing the deadly effects they can have with all the news regarding antidepressants. A drug company says, we have this product it will cure your problem. It cures your problem all right, how many problems can you have when you're dead?

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Serzone Withdraw - Side Effects - Death

I know this is old news to many of you, but I just wanted to show you another case of bad medicine. There are so many to list now, my advise is to not take any.

The beleaguered antidepressant drug Serzone (nefazodone) will soon be withdrawn from yet another market, leaving it available only in the US and Australia. In an October 2, 2003 letter to Canadian health care professionals, Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that on November 27, 2003, it will discontinue sales of Serzone in Canada. The announcement follows an earlier June 20, 2001 letter to health care professionals in Canada warning of Serzone side effects, including "hepatic adverse events such as jaundice, hepatitis, and hepatocellular necrosis," as well as "51 Canadian reports of hepatotoxicity ranging from no symptoms to transplantation suspected to be associated with nefazodone use."

The antidepressant drug is sold under the name Serzone in the US, where its label carries a black box warning informing patients that rare, but possibly life-threatening liver damage could result from the use of Serzone.

Serzone has already been voluntarily withdrawn from Sweden, The Netherlands, and Denmark because the drug, once considered to be an alternative to other antidepressant drugs of the SSRI class, such as Zoloft, Paxil, or Prozac, was shown to have the highest incidence of hepatic injury out of 13 antidepressants studied by a independent Spanish research. Following reports of adverse events associated with Serzone, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has petitioned the FDA to remove Serzone from the US market.

More news about the Serzone withdraw.
Bristol-Myers Squibb has announced that it will stop shipping Serzone as of June 14, 2004. The market withdrawal comes amidst reports of liver damage and other safety concerns, and as of May 2004, there were over 100 lawsuits pending against Bristol-Myers Squibb for adverse side effects, including liver failure, liver transplant, and death from Serzone.

A girl who died needlessly to young as result of them rushing drugs to market for the sole purpose of profit.

Cassie Geisenhof died on April 12, 2004 due to complications related to a liver transplant which was necessary following liver failure caused by the antidepressant Serzone (nefazodone). Cassie was just 19 years old when she died. Cassie’s tragic story and unfortunate death was featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in April 2004. Our law firm had the privilege of representing Cassie for her Serzone case; Tom Lamb was Cassie’s lawyer.

What is Viagra® and How Does It Work?

Okay, I know it's not an antidepressant, but I thought I would share with you what Viagra is since so many of us get told we need it daily by a email.

Viagra (made by Pfizer) is used for the treatment of male impotency. The active ingredient in Viagra is a specific inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 5. Phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) cleaves the ring form of cyclic GMP (cGMP) a cellular second messenger similar to cAMP. The inhibition of the phosphodiesterase allows for the persistence of cGMP which promotes the effects of cGMP production. In this case, it allows for increased blood flow into the penis which may result in an erection.

Normally, sexual stimulation in the male is followed by release of nitric oxide (N.O.) in the corpus cavernosum of the penis. nitric oxide activates the enzyme guanylate cyclase in the smooth muscle cells which allows for the relaxation of the penile arteries and an increase flow of blood into the penile cavity. The effect of Viagra is to allow the accumulation of cGMP by inhibiting the phosphodiesterase action which tends to magnify the effect of nitric oxide release.

In lame mans terms:
Viagra increases blood flow to the penis allowing more blood flow into the penis as occurs naturally when a man is sexually stimulated. With more blood flowing in and less flowing out, the arteries in the penis enlarge resulting in an erection.

List of medications receiving a boxed warning

List of medication drugs receiving a boxed warning, other product labeling changes, and a Medication Guide pertaining to pediatric suicidality, and negative side effects.

1. Anafranil (clomipramine)
2. Asendin (amoxapine)
3. Aventyl (nortriptyline)
4. Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide)
5. Cymbalta (duloxetine)
6. Desyrel (trazodone HCl)
7. Elavil (amitriptyline)
8. Effexor (venlafaxine HCl)
9. Etrafon (perphenazine/amitriptyline)
10. fluvoxamine maleate
11. Lexapro (escitalopram hydrobromide)
12. Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide/amitriptyline)
13. Ludiomil (maprotiline)
14. Marplan (isocarboxazid)
15. Nardil (phenelzine sulfate)
16. Norpramin (desipramine HCl)
17. Pamelor (nortriptyline)
18. Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate)
19. Paxil (paroxetine HCl)
20. Pexeva (paroxetine mesylate)
21. Prozac (fluoxetine HCl)
22. Remeron (mirtazapine)
23. Sarafem (fluoxetine HCl)
24. Serzone (nefazodone HCl)
25. Sinequan (doxepin)
26. Surmontil (trimipramine)
27. Symbyax (olanzapine/fluoxetine)
28. Tofranil (imipramine)
29. Tofranil-PM (imipramine pamoate)
30. Triavil (perphenazine/amitriptyline)
31. Vivactil (protriptyline)
32. Wellbutrin (bupropion HCl)
33. Zoloft (sertraline HCl)
34. Zyban (bupropion HCl)

If you know of any more medications that have bad side effects, please add them in the comments.

Two Months of Hell on Luvox, Effexor, Paxil and Zoloft

Hi, I am not a teenager, but I was put on my first anti-depressant at 25 years of age. I was mostly depressed about my relationship at the time, but had always been anxious and unmotivated so I thought the doctor was correct.

I lived through two months of absolute Hell. First Luvox, then Effexor, then Paxil, then Zoloft...all of which I had severe tremors and dystonia while taking within days. My Dr. acted like I was psychosomatic. I became so ill during this time that I don't recall half what happened. My now husband said it was terrifying to see me.

I quit the Doctor and am now 29 years of age. My memory is shot and if I was unmotivated prior to this, I can only say that now I am completely apathetic and disinterested in almost everything. I have tried naturopathy, acupuncture, etc. Nothing helps. I had a minor problem before and now I think my life may be ruined. Why don't they tell people? What are they trying to do to us?

Thank you for your page. It means a lot to know I am not alone if nothing else.
Yana
yana97@prodigy.net

Hidden Dangers of SSRI Medications

Judging by all the spam I get in my Inbox for on-line/off-shore sources for Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRI medications, it's pretty clear that this is an important subject to address. As you'll see in the article, The Hidden Dangers of SSRI Antidepressants, these SSRI antidepressant medications are a serious threat to your life. If you, or anyone you know, is using one of these medications, please, please read this article, and find a way to get off the meds. I have had my own life altering experieinces with these drugs and cannot warn you enough!

If you have an experience on these SSRI drugs you would like to share with us please let us know. You cannot protect your loved ones or yourself f you do not know what can happen.

Antidepressant Drug Gone Bad

Another story of a antidepressant drug gone bad.

WASHINGTON — Seven years ago, Mark Miller's 13-year-old son, Matt, who loved to ride bikes and play video games and excelled at making origami animals, hanged himself in his bedroom closet. His parents were devastated — and mystified.
He had never threatened suicide," Miller recalled. "The only thing that had changed that week in his life was the medication."

Seven days before his death, Matt had begun taking Zoloft, a popular antidepressant prescribed by his doctor.

His father, struggling to understand what had happened, dived into the Internet, where he found books on the risks of antidepressants. He was soon convinced that the drug had caused Matt's death.

Miller helped start a website about the risks of the antidepressants. He wrote to the Food and Drug Administration and his congressman to enlist the government's help.
At first, no one took him seriously.

"I always felt people looked at me and said, 'That poor man, he's a bereaved father and he wants to blame it on the medication,' " Miller recalled.

But he gradually found other parents with stories like his. What began as a lonely mission grew into a crusade of about a dozen enraged parents motivated by the belief that their children were ripped from them by the drugs that were supposed to help them.
Finally, the government listened.

Last week, two FDA advisory panels recommended that the agency require companies to place prominent warnings — the kind boxed in dark lines — that there is a risk that antidepressants can cause suicidal behavior in children.
Doctors wrote an estimated 15 million prescriptions for nine antidepressants for children and teenagers last year.

Congressional committees are investigating whether the drugs are safe and whether the drug companies or the FDA improperly disguised or underestimated the drugs' risks to children. The FDA will also explore whether the drugs promote suicidal tendencies in adults and violent behavior in patients of all ages.
The FDA recently found that in clinical trials involving nine antidepressants taken by more than 4,000 children ages 6 to 18, hundreds experienced suicidal behavior or thoughts, although none killed themselves.

Miller said he and other parents like him had finally received "vindication and validation of what we've been saying for so long."

For years, as government agencies ignored his pleas, Miller was driven by guilt — he had told his son to take the pills — and sustained by his conversations with people seeking help because their loved ones had become suicidal or violent while taking antidepressants.

"I always thought if I could just reach one more person before his son or daughter did something tragic, it would be worth it. It has become a very bittersweet labor of love," Miller said.
Tom Woodward of suburban Philadelphia found Miller's website, but not until it was too late.
When Julie Woodward, 17, was going through a "rough patch" last year, a psychiatrist urged her to take Zoloft, which he assured the family was mild, safe and effective. Seven days later, her father found her body hanging in the garage.

The Woodwards' next-door neighbor, Doug Ross, a neuroscientist, turned to the Internet, where he learned that just a month earlier, the FDA had issued a warning that Paxil, another popular antidepressant, might be linked to increased risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts in young people.

It did not take long, Woodward recalled, before he and his wife were "absolutely convinced that the drug had done this," referring to Julie's death.

The Woodwards found Miller's website, http://www.drugawareness.org/ . They had long talks with Miller and other parents about the similar circumstances surrounding their children's deaths.

The families grew convinced that some drug companies had suppressed clinical trial data suggesting a link between the drugs and suicidal behavior. They resolved to make the government do something.

Today, they regularly share information about new scientific studies and plot strategies to push Congress to act.

"We've become very, very close to a lot of these other families," Tom Woodward said. "We are bound together by a parent's worst nightmare."

Most of the families met for the first time in person in February at a hotel bar in Bethesda, Md., where one FDA advisory panel was scheduled to hear their stories the next day.

Their accounts helped persuade the panels to urge the agency to warn doctors and families about the risk of suicide — and of the need to vigilantly monitor patients. But at that point, the FDA stopped short of suggesting that the drugs caused the suicidal behavior.

One of the most tireless members of the parents' group is Lisa Van Syckel of New Jersey, whose daughter, 15-year-old Michelle, was put on Paxil after having been misdiagnosed in 2000 as anorexic and depressed. It turned out that Michelle had Lyme disease.

But while on the antidepressant, Michelle, who had never attempted to harm herself or others, slammed her brother's head into a wall, went after another teenager with a baseball bat and attempted to take her own life. Van Syckel came across Miller's drug awareness website in 2002, as she was trying to ease her daughter off Paxil. Soon she was spending most of her time trying to get someone in power to warn other parents of the dangers of antidepressants. Most political leaders ignored her letters; one exception was Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who asked her to join him at a news conference in New York calling on the FDA to discourage the use of Paxil by children.

Then she turned to her own congressman, Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-N.J.). Ferguson became a major force behind a House subcommittee's investigation of the safety of the antidepressants and the role of drug companies and the FDA. "It was [Van Syckel] who really got my attention and prompted me to take an active and leading role," Ferguson said. It was not easy, he said, to get members of Congress to focus on the issue during an election year, when the country was already absorbed by terrorism and the war in Iraq.

But, he said, "we need to investigate this particular issue and get to the bottom of why this is having such an enormous impact on our kids. That cause has been moved forward light-years because of the powerful personal stories of people like Lisa Van Syckel."

Pressure from the families and members of Congress helped prod the FDA to have its advisory committees assess data from clinical trials of children on antidepressants.

Even the drug companies were impressed. "The families had an impact on helping this to move forward," said Dr. Joseph Camardo, medical director for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals North America, which makes one of the popular antidepressants. "I thought it was a great example of how the public can and should be heard."

The families were gratified when the advisory panels recommended last week that the FDA put emphatic warnings on the drugs. Mark Miller, who launched the crusade seven years earlier, called it "a wonderful first step." He added: "I didn't think it would happen in my lifetime."
The parents will continue to press the FDA to extend the warnings to adults and to add a warning that the drugs cause some people to become hostile or even homicidal. They also want Congress to hold the FDA and the drug companies accountable for failing to warn people sooner.
"I can't bear to think of the lives that have been lost in the intervening years," Miller said.

This is still an ever growing concern, if you or a loved one are on any antidepressants, please be cautious and if you suspect any negative effects, please consult your doctor immediately. Far to may people find out the true negative effects of these drugs far to late. I post these messages here in hope to bring awareness to the world of these dangers. Please do not take them ligthly! People are being KILLED by these drugs.

Health Canada - PAXIL® Saftey

Dear Health Care Professional:

GlaxoSmithKline Inc., following discussions with Health Canada, is alerting you to important emerging safety information regarding reports of possible suicide-related adverse events in pediatric patients treated with PAXIL®. The following information will be incorporated into the Product Monograph:

Until further information is available, PAXIL® (paroxetine hydrochloride) should not be used in children and adolescents under 18 years of age (ie. pediatric patients), due to a possible increased risk of suicide-related adverse events in this patient population.
In pediatric patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), PAXIL® is contraindicated, due to additional evidence of lack of efficacy.

There is new evidence from three pediatric placebo-controlled trials in MDD of an increased risk of suicidal thinking, suicide attempts or self-harm. The incidence of these events in the PAXIL® group as compared to the placebo group was: 5.3% (20/378) versus 2.8% (8/285), respectively. Some of these events occurred during the tapering-off period of the studies. The three trials also demonstrated that PAXIL® failed to show greater efficacy than placebo in MDD.

Placebo-controlled data from patients with Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia, SAD) also may suggest an increased risk of possible suicide-related adverse events in patients treated with PAXIL®: 2.4% (4/165) versus 0% (0/157) with placebo. Suicide-related adverse events were also reported in the open label enrichment phase of a study in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In view of the well-established comorbidity between depression and other psychiatric disorders, further information is required before the safe use of PAXIL® can be established in SAD or OCD in pediatrics.

In the pediatric clinical trial programme, which included more than 1,000 patients treated with PAXIL®, there were no completed suicides.

Patients currently taking PAXIL® should not discontinue treatment abruptly, due to risk of discontinuation symptoms. A gradual reduction in dose under medical supervision is recommended.

Discovery Space Shuttle Tile Damage

NASA engineers have determined that the space shuttle Discovery can safely return to Earth and that the shuttle's thermal tiles are not a safety hazard, Wayne Hale deputy shuttle manager said Saturday night. While a detailed examination of Discovery's exterior by high-resolution cameras and lasers showed no serious damage, three areas of interest are being evaluated further. They have also decided to extend the mission by an extra day so astronauts can do more work. Or perhaps they extended the space mission longer till they really figure out what impact the dinged up tiles will have. Who knows for sure, just hope we don't see fireworks when the Discovery re-enters Earth.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Eminem's New Apartment

Eminem's New Apartment: "Eminem who has been on the road for the past few months with his anger management tour, has bought himself a new apartment in Las Vegas. Em has bought the appartment in which it is still under construction at Palms Place. He payed about half a million dollars for it and the place includes a pool and spa along with a few other perks such as VIP service to all the resturants lounge and heavy security, this is according to the New York Post. I am sure once he is done his traveling that it will soon become home athough I think he will always stay in and around his true home Detroit."

Mariah Carey Preformance

Mariah Carey Preformance: "Mariah Carey is being confirmed as one of the preformers for the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony. Mariah has been nominated for a couple awards one including best female video for her single We Belong Together which has been a huge chart topper in the US. The awards will be given out August 28 in gorgeous Miami and the host for the evening will be none other then P Diddy. Mariah has had a few problems lately one with being her sister whom she has been told by people around her to avoid all contact so hopefully she might have some luck for the 28th."

Leonardo Dicaprio's files a restraing order

Leonardo Dicaprio's files a restraing order: "Leonardo Dicaprio has appearently taken out a retraining order from a man who lives in Nevada. The man has been sending leters to Dicaprio after missing out on job the star had. Dicaprio owns property out in sin city and filed the order there."

Usher A Dad?

Usher A Dad?: "There have been some reports or should I say rumors that R&B singer Usher is going to be a father. The rumors had started when Usher's recent girlfriend had patted her stomach during a photoshoot but Usher's publist's says 'He was simply putting his arm around Eishia to pull her closer in to take the photo'. The couple had started dating once Eishia broke of her relationship with her fiance rap star Xzibit"

Monday, July 25, 2005

Jennifer Lopez Not A Diva

Jennifer Lopez Not A Diva: "Jennifer Lopez is saying that she is not a diva and that it is the people who work around her that tell everyone she is and make her look like one. Jennifer has been known to have these crazy demands for..."

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: "Does any one still play this game? What's the most entertaining variation of the Six Degrees of Bacon game? Haven't played the Kevin Bacon game before? Here is the basics of it:"

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal: "What is laser hair removal?

If you have been thinking about laser hair removal treatments, here is some information you should consider regarding the effectiveness and safety before you decide what is the method of hair removal for you..."

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Hollywood Pulse Frequent Rider Miles

Hollywood Pulse Frequent Rider Miles: "Hollywood Pulse is please to announce the new 'Frequent Rider Miles' Card! Now you can earn points for your promiscuous infidelity!

Forget who you spent last Friday night with? No problem, simply check your... "

Pam Anderson Set To Marry Tommy Lee

Pam Anderson Set To Marry Tommy Lee: "Pamela Anderson has decided to re-marry her former ex husband Tommy Lee once again. It is being reported that Tommy has proposed to his on again off again love yet again. Appearently friends and family are really... "

Monday, July 18, 2005

Eminem Quits

Eminem Quits: "It is being said by one of Eminem' friends and bandmate Proof from D12 that Eminem is going to quit his day job once... "

Kate Hudson Experience With Drugs

Kate Hudson Experience With Drugs: "Kate Hudson daughter of Goldie Hawn has confessed to doing drugs. The actress has said... "

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

No Cure For Humans

No Cure For Humans: "Planetary Disease Control - July 16, 2005

In the latest meeting of the planets on disease control the hot topic of discussion was the human race. Planets from all over the solar system gathered in their 1 millionth annual Planetary Disease Control (PDC) summit to discuss a growing epidemic ..."