Psychiatric Drugs—Just the Facts

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The following links provide summaries of the documented risks of antidepressants, ADHD drugs, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs, taken from 286 drug regulatory warnings, 278 studies, and over 400,000 adverse reaction reports filed with the U.S. FDA from 2004-2012. The risks of these drugs are provided so the public can make informed, educated decisions.

By the Numbers: To see the total figures from IMS Health on the number of people taking psychiatric drugs in the U.S., click here.


The following are summaries of the warnings, studies and documented side effects of the four main classes of psychiatric drugs: Antidepressants, Antipsycotics, Anti-Anxiety drugs and ADHD drugs.

Ritalin pills and warning label.ADHD Drugs: Summaries of 44 drug regulatory warnings & 25 studies on Stimulant drugs (ADHD drugs) such as Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta.

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Antidepressant Drugs: Summaries of 134 drug regulatory warnings & 150 studies on Antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Cymbalta, Wellbutrin.

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2.2-billion-dollar-johnson-and-johnson-settlementAntipsychotic Drugs: Summaries of 72 drug regulatory warnings & 97 studies on Antipsychotics such as Risperdal, Seroquel, Abilify, Fanapt.

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Anti-Anxiety Drugs: Summaries of 25 drug regulatory warnings & 18 studies on Anti-Anxiety drugs such as Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan.

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Please Note: No one should attempt to get off of psychiatric drugs without a doctor’s supervision. To assist with finding medical practitioners in your area, click here

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