To see the total figures from IMS Health on the number of people taking antidepressants in the U.S., click here.
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There have been 134 drug regulatory agency warnings from eleven countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Russia, Italy, Denmark and Germany) and the European Union warning that antidepressant drugs cause side effects. These include the following (note that some warnings cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of warnings):
- 37 warnings on antidepressants causing suicide/risk/attempts
- 30 warnings on antidepressants causing heart problems
- 21 warnings on antidepressants causing birth defects
- 20 warnings on antidepressants causing Serotonin Syndrome
- 10 warnings on antidepressants causing hostility/violence/aggression
- 9 warnings on antidepressants causing withdrawal symptoms
- 8 warnings on antidepressants causing self-harm
- 6 warnings on antidepressants causing anxiety
- 5 warnings on antidepressants causing mania or psychosis
- 4 warnings on antidepressants causing death
- 4 warnings on antidepressants causing hallucinations or delusional thinking
- 4 warnings on antidepressants causing depression
- 4 warnings on antidepressants causing involuntary movements
- 2 warnings on antidepressants causing sexual dysfunction
- 1 warning on antidepressants causing homicidal ideation
There have been 150 studies in seventeen countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, Finland, France, Taiwan, Scotland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, India, Italy, Korea, Norway and Saudi Arabia) on antidepressant induced side effects. This includes a 2010 study from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices that found five antidepressants to be among the 10 prescription drugs most disproportionately linked with reports of violent behavior.
The studies include the following (note that some studies cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of studies):
- 25 studies on antidepressants causing birth defects or premature births
- 23 studies on antidepressants causing suicide/risk/attempts
- 15 studies on antidepressants causing heart problems
- 14 studies on antidepressants causing death
- 8 studies on antidepressants causing sexual dysfunction
- 6 studies on antidepressants causing violence or hostility
- 5 studies on antidepressants causing diabetes
- 5 studies on antidepressants causing withdrawal symptoms
- 4 studies on antidepressants causing depression
- 2 studies on antidepressants causing homicidal ideation or actions
- 2 studies on antidepressants causing mania or psychosis
- 1 study on antidepressants causing anxiety
Top Reactions for All Ages: There have been 135,587 Adverse Drug Reactions in connection with antidepressants that have been reported to the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (MedWatch), between 2004 and 2012.
The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.
- 10,707 cases of drug withdrawal syndrome
- 10,210 cases of nausea
- 9,508 cases of dizziness
- 9,399 cases of the drug being ineffective
- 8,376 cases of anxiety
- 7,774 cases of headache
- 7,750 cases of insomnia
- 7,659 cases of depression
- 6,814 cases of suicidal Ideation
- 6,134 cases of fatigue
Abnormal bleeding/bruising Emotional numbing Nightmares
Documented Side Effects of Antidepressants:
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.
Akathisia (severe restlessness)
Blurred/changes in vision
Crushing chest pain
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Low white blood cell count
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome
Numbness in extremities
Severe muscle stiffness
Yellowing of skin/eyes
This brochure is a simple guide that documents the dangerous and deadly side effects of the drugs prescribed to millions of men, women and children diagnosed with bogus mental disorders.