THE SSRI ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND THE ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTICS
There is no way that I can write a book on preventive medicine and wellness without mentioning the newer classes of psychiatric drugs. Namely the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and the third generation of antipsychotics called the atypical antipsychotics (AAP). There are also the selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) and the selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRI) as well as a few others. These four categories cover most drugs a patient will be on nowadays.
You may wonder why I would only single out one or two groups of medications out of all of the pharmacopeia we have to choose from. It’s because I think that these drugs in particular are the most dangerous medications that a person can take. After you read this shocking chapter I think you’ll agree.
From Dr Ann Blake Tracy’s website www.drugawareness.org:
What you need to know about serotonin-enhancing medications
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors do exactly that: Inhibit the reuptake of serotonin [from the nerve terminal], 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.
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
These drugs act on the same receptors that LSD, PCP and other psychedelic drugs do.
Based on the latest statistics 25% of women and about 20% of the men in America are on a psychiatric drug. Are we to somehow believe that 25% of all American women are now mentally ill as opposed to a fraction of that 30 years ago? Too many people are on these drugs already and the trend is to reach more patient populations in the future. Because of this I think it is very important that you know all about these drugs, what they do, how they do it, if they work, and what harm may come from long-term use before you run out and have your Doc in the Box or DIB prescribe one for you.
Never in the history of mankind have we seen such wholesale drugging of a population from children to the elderly. I for one have witnessed the entire transformation from a nation of a few isolated cases of depression treated with psychoanalysis (talking) or the older tricyclic antidepressants (so called because of their triple ring structure), to a massive campaign of drugging with the new SSRI’s for every imaginable condition including post heart attack, social phobia, chronic pain, cigarette smoking, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and of course depression. Once again I found that if a patient is on a baker’s dozen of meds, you will often find an SSRI or similar type drug thrown into the mix-which could have been written for just about anything. Low threshold prescription writing is now ubiquitous. That means there are a heck of a lot of people in society that are drugged. How about efficacy, do they do what that commercials told us they do?
The short answer is yes they do inhibit the reuptake of serotonin and they do very well. That much we can all agree on. I say so what. It appears that theory and drug indication are no longer based in scientific reality. That is to say that the popular theories on how antidepressants work are no longer valid. There is no low serotonin theory-it’s been debunked for almost three decades.
Are they any good at treating depression? You would think that they are akin to miracle drugs if you look at all of the people taking them so they must work shouldn’t they? As it turns out they do in fact help depression but the funny thing about it is that they work no better than a placebo. You heard right, no better than a sugar pill.
Do they hurt people? Yes, affirmative. Do they help people? Yes, the rare patient that responds to them and nothing else like a friend of mine. However, that’s not to say that a sugar pill or an active placebo wouldn’t work just as well. How do they work? Nobody knows for sure but they have some nice theories-unfortunately they are unproven theories.
What do they actually do? That’s a good question besides the above definition by Dr Tracy, they do a lot of strange things; they are very powerful mood altering drugs but if you want to know if they powerfully cure let’s say, anxious depression into something more tolerable, the answer to that is generally no.
Patient’s tend to get some relief, equivalent to placebo or at the very best 25% better than placebo, but one could have prescribed nearly anything and have achieved the same end result without completely altering a person’ s personality and ultimately affecting his or her life. Unless you think poor Jimmy’s “side effects” were an acceptable tradeoff treating his anxiety and supposed depression. (Refer to the case of poor Jimmy where his drugs placated the anxiety only to give him a heart attack, diabetes, obesity and ultimately landing him in the OR for an emergency craniotomy all directly the result of these drugs, in the Commercial Sick Care System chapter).
THE NEWEST AND THE BESTEST IN PSYCH MEDS
Back in the early 90’s I remember writing a prescription for Prozac for myself because according to the popular press and books like Listening to Prozac, these drugs made you more like your real self without feeling sad or whatever. So being the experimenter that I am I tried it. Needless to say that after about 3 days worth of dosing I had enough. It made me feel emptied out and vapid. Like I was forming a wall of Elmer’s glue between me and the outside world generating a feeling of indifference. Sorry not a good reaction.
Time to switch gears, stop meds. Yes, I know what you are thinking that I didn’t give it enough time or that I never needed it. It didn’t matter that was it for me, not much of an experience and it sure didn’t make me happy like I thought it would. In fact, I don’t think they make anybody happy. I could tell right away that these drugs were going to be a problem. I recall my girlfriend years later started to take Prozac a week before visiting me in Santa Cruz from Sacramento. Her sister was a pharmacist so she got a prescription rather illegally. During her stay I kept saying to myself it seems as if everything I say is bouncing right off her-she doesn’t seem to be processing anything. Finally at the end of the week, in total frustration, I confronted her saying something to the effect that you are acting very weird like you are in your own world and completely unattached. To my surprise she then told me she had started herself on Prozac 2 weeks ago. I knew it, something was certainly wrong with her affect and I was relieved to know that there was an actual cause. Since it was near Christmas she wanted to make sure she didn’t get too sad this time around since a tragedy had befallen her years earlier during Christmas. She thought taking this pill would act prophylactically to prevent depression. All it did was giver her a flat affect, make her indifferent to emotional ups and downs and make her weird. In a nutshell, I didn’t like what she had become on this medication. If I can see this odd transformation from a really fun, engaging personality into the opposite why can’t anyone else see it in their loved ones?
THIS BLOG IS SHORTER THAN THE PREVIOUS ONES. I REALIZE THAT MANY OF YOU HAVE OTHER THINGS TO DO BESIDES READING MY BLOGS AS AMAZING AS THAT SOUNDS. SO I WILL DO SHORTER BLOGS PERHAPS TWICE A WEEK. FOR SURE EVERY SUNDAY AT LEAST. ALL OF THIS INFO COMES RIGHT OUT OF THE BOOK. THE ANTIDEPRESSANTS CHAPTER IS PERHAPS THE MOST AMAZING CHAPTER YOU MAY EVER READ NEXT TO MY CHAPTER ON VACCINES. IT SNAPPED MY EYES OPEN BIG TIME. STAY TUNED FOR MORE AS WE UNCOVER THE TIMELINE OF THESE STRANGE DRUGS, THE DEBUNKED THEORIES THAT STILL PERVADE THE AIRWAVES, AND THE UNSETTLING FACT THAT THEY-SOME CATEGORIES-REALLY FATTEN YOU UP.
CHRIS (REALITY RENEGADE)