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Risk of suicide caused by SSRI’s grossly underestimated, Peter Gotzsche, MD
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“It is clear that the risk of suicide caused by SSRIs has been grossly underestimated in the trials, and there are many reasons for this,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 16 What can patients do? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.
- “The investigators didn’t report suicide attempts or didn’t even look for them.
- “Many suicidal events have been coded as something else.
- “By only recruiting people at very low risk of committing suicide for their trials, the drug industry has taken great care not to get in trouble.
- “The companies have urged investigators to use benzodiazepines in addition to the trial drugs, which have prevented some of the violent reactions that would otherwise have occurred.
- “Some trials have run-in periods on active drug, and patients who don’t tolerate it aren’t randomised.
- “Most patients were in antidepressant treatment before they were randomised, which leads to withdrawal symptoms in the placebo group that predispose to suicide.
- “Events occurring shortly after active treatment is stopped were rarely registered.
- “Many trials are buried in company archives and these are not the most positive ones.
- “Patients are carefully monitored in trials and drug intake is likely to be stopped before a serious problem develops.
- “Patients in trials have contact with other people and get hope, therefore the risk of suicide is less than in real life.”
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A Must-Read Book
This is a must-read book for anyone interested in psychiatric drugs
For anyone interested in psychiatric drugs, this is a must-read book.
Anyone who thinks that psychiatric drugs are safe and effective must read this book.
Anyone who thinks that you can believe the published research about these drugs must read this book.
Anyone who thinks that you can believe what the American Psychiatric Association says about these drugs must read this book.
Anyone who thinks that you can believe what the US National Institutes of Mental Health says about these drugs must read this book.
Anyone who thinks that you can believe what the FDA says about the safety of these drugs must read this book.
My Mother Suffered Tragically From These Drugs
Larry’s mother suffered tragically from psychiatric drugs
My mother (Larry Hobbs’s mother) suffered tragically from psychiatric drugs, so this topic is of great interest to me.
About the Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD
Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician in 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked in the drug industry 1975-83, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. With about 80 others, he helped start The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 with the founder, Sir Iain Chalmers, and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen.
Gøtzsche has published more than 70 papers in “the big five” (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and New England Journal of Medicine) and his scientific works have been cited over 15,000 times.
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