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Antidepressants cause 15 times more suicides than the FDA claims says Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD
“Under-reporting of deaths in [drug] industry funded trials [of antidepressants] is another major flaw. Based on some of the randomised trials that were included in a meta-analysis of 100,000 patients by the US Food and Drug Administration, I have estimated that there are likely to have been 15 times more suicides among people taking antidepressants than reported by the FDA,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.
Dr. Gøtzsche continues by saying,
“[F]or example, there were 14 suicides in 9956 patients in trials with fluoxetine [Prozac] and paroxetine [Paxil] [or roughly 14 suicides per 10,000 people taking these drugs], whereas the FDA had only five suicides in 52,960 patients [or roughly one (1) suicide per 10,000], partly because the FDA only included events up to 24 hours after patients stopped taking the drug.
[If you calculate it out, it is really 14.9 times as many suicides as what the FDA claims, or rounded off to 15 times as Dr. Gøtzsche says. ]
About Dr. Gøtzsche
Dr. Gøtzsche is the author of several wonderful books including Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial in which he talks about the problems with psychiatric drugs.
He is also author of the wonderful book Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare.
Dr. Gøtzsche also cofounded the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993, which is a group of scientists around the world who analyze data to try and figure out the truth about drugs and other health topics.
Gotzsche PC, Young AH, and Crace J. Does long term use of psychiatric drugs cause more harm than good? BMJ, 2015 May 12; 350: h2435.
The paper is available for free here:
Author’s Contact Info
Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD
A list of these drugs include: Fluoxetine, Sertraline, Paroxetine, Citalopram, Escitalopram, Dapoxetine, Seproxetine, Mesembrine, Zimelidine, Venlafaxine, Duloxetine, Desvenlafaxine, Milnacipran, Venlafaxine Hydrochloride, Desvenlafaxine succinate, Duloxetine hydrochloride, Milnacipran hydrochloride
Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex)
Paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat)
Sertraline (Zoloft, Lustral)
generic name: desvenlafaxine
generic name: duloxetine
generic name: milnacipran
generic name: venlafaxine
generic name: levomilnacipran
generic name: desvenlafaxine
Vortioxetine (serotonin modulator and stimulator)
SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors)
Escitalopram Lexapro, Cipralex
Fluoxetine Prozac, Sarafem; Pexeva
Paroxetine Paxil, Paxil CR
Venlafaxine Effexor, Effexor XR
Mirtazapine Remeron, Remeron SolTab
Bupropion Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL, Zyban; Aplenzin
Atomoxetine (Norepinephrine reuptake Inhibitor) Strattera
Agomelatine (5-HT2C receptor antagonist) Valdoxan
(5HT1A receptor agonist) Buspar
(5HT2-receptor antagonist) Nefadar, Serzone
Tandospirone (azapirone, 5HT1A receptor agonist) Sediel
(Serotonin reuptake enhancer) Stablon
(5HT2-receptor antagonist, triazolopyridine-derivative) Desyrel, Apo-Trazodone, Oleptro
(Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor) Edronax, Vestra
Viloxazine (NRI) Vivalan
(Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, Serotonin 5HT 1A receptor agonist) Viibryd
Serotonin Modulator and Stimulator
(TCA/antipsychotic) Etrafon, Triavil