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    Stopping an antidepressant can make people feel depressed or suicidal, Peter Gotzsche, MD


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    Wednesday, February 04, 2015 12:26 pm Email this article

    Stopping an antidepressant can make people feel depressed or suicidal notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD in this video clip.

    This happened to my mother in 1994.

    People can become depressed or even suicidal when they stop taking antidepressants notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD.

    This happened to my mother in 1994.

    My mother had been on the antidepressant amitriptyline (Elavil) for more than 20 years at that point.

    My mother had complained of feeling tired for many years.

    I told my mother that it was the drug — the amitriptyline (Elavil) —
    making her feel tired.

    I suggested to my mother that she asked her doctor to switch her to a newer antidepressant such as fluoxetine (Prozac).

    I told her that these newer drugs were less likely to make people feel tired.

    I believed in these drugs at the time, which I NO LONGER do.

    I figured that her doctor would simply switch my mother from one drug to another, and my mother would feel better.

    The doctor said, “We are going to stop the amitriptyline (Elavil) for 2 weeks,
    and then we will start you on Prozac (fluoxetine).”

    Within a couple of days of stopping the drug — the amitriptyline (Elavil) — my mother started feeling exhausted, depressed, and suicidal…

    The WORST she had ever felt in her life… by far.

    I was shocked by this.

    I was NOT expecting this.

    I felt horrible about this because I was the one who suggested she do this.

    The doctor told my father, “Well, this just goes to show that your wife NEEDS these drugs.”

    I thought this was the stupidest thing I’d ever heard.

    Did this doctor really believe that my mother would have felt this bad —exhausted, depressed & suicidal— for the previous 20 years if she had NOT been on this drug?

    This seemed ridiculous to me.

    I felt sure that the drug — the amitriptyline (Elavil) —had done something to my mother’s body to cause her to feel this way.

    So, I went to the medical library and found that this drug, amitriptyline (Elavil), when given chronically to rodents, causes their adrenal glands to SHRINK.

    This explained everything to me.

    This explained why my mother had felt tired for 20 years.

    This explained why my mother’s muscles ached.

    This explained why my mother’s blood pressure was so low.

    (110/60 mm Hg)

    After two weeks, the doctor gave my mother fluoxetine (Prozac) for two months.

    It did NOT work.

    Of course it did NOT work.

    It could NOT possibly work… ... because the amitriptyline (Elavil) had caused
    my mother’s adrenal glands to shrink.

    You CANNOT fix this with fluoxetine (Prozac).

    But, obviously, the doctor did NOT understand this.

    Then the doctor tried my mother on sertraline (Zoloft) for two (2) months.

    It did NOT work either.

    Of course it did NOT work.

    It could NOT possibly work.

    Again, you cannot solve this problem with sertraline (Zoloft).

    But again, obviously, the doctor did NOT understand this.

    Then the doctor put my mother on the antidepressant venlafaxine (Effexor).

    About 6 months after this disaster started, my mother said, “I finally feel somewhat normal for the first time in months.”

    Had the doctor fixed the problem?

    No, absolutely not!

    All he did was replace one drug (amitriptyline / Elavil) with another drug (venlafaxine / Effexor) with a similar mechanism of action.

    Both of these drugs inhibit noradrenaline reuptake.

    Venlafaxine (Effexor) is called an serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), but it also inhibits noradrenaline reuptake.

    It is the equivalent of replacing heroin with morphine.

    If you replaced heroin with morphine, and a person feels better, have you
    fixed the problem?

    No, absolutely not.

    For the next 14 years (1994-2008) venlafaxine (Effexor) caused a bunch of other problems for my mother.

    Elevated blood pressure.

    Elevated eye pressure (glaucoma).

    Anxiety.

    Weight loss.

    Sleep problems.

    Over the next 17 years (1994-2011) my mother was given numerous psychiatric drugs which only caused more and more problems.

    My mother saw numerous doctors during these 17 years, but NONE of these doctors recognized that

    ALL of my mother’s problems were due to drug-induced side effects.

    I told my parents this for 17 years (1994-2011), that ALL of my mother’s problems were due to drug-induced side effects, but my parents could NOT hear what I was saying because EVERY doctor said that more drugs were the answer.

    Every doctor my mother saw said the same thing.

    Every doctor told my parents, “If we just find the right drugs, the right dose of drugs,
    or the right combination of drugs, we will fix your problem.

    Having watched my mother suffer tragically from drug-induced side effect, I think that this kind of thinking — that drugs can solve the problem — is ABSURD.

    My mother suffered from drug-induced side effects for 40 years — I watched this for 17 years — and my mother suffered TRAGICALLY for the last 3.5 years of her life.

    It was incredibly sad to watch.

    At the beginning of his speech, Prof. Peter Gøetsche, MD says, “What the drug industry publishes, even in the New England Journal of Medicine, should be viewed as an ADVERTISEMENT and nothing else.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XEDzhjW9fU

    The video is titled:

    “HAI Europe - Dr. Peter Gøtzsche - why it is so important to have access to all medical research data”

    Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD cofounded the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993.

    It is a non-profit organization of scientists around the world who analyze data
    to try and figure out the truth about drugs and other health topics.

    If you don’t believe this, please read Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD’s book “Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare”.

    Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD cofounded the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993.

    It is a non-profit organization of scientists around the world who analyze data to try and figure out the truth about drugs and other health topics.

    Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD is the author of “Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare”

    http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Medicines-Organised-Crime-Healthcare/dp/1846198844/




































































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