Antidepressant Side Effects

Doctors Warn That Anti-Depressants Can Lead To Suicide
Common brand name antidepressants include Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Luvox, Wellbutrin, Cymbalta, Effexor, Lexapro, Elavil, Remeron, Strattera and Sarafem.

Antidepressant Warnings:

There have been 99 drug regulatory agency warnings from ten countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Russia, Italy 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):

  • 35 warnings on antidepressants causing suicide/risk/attempts
  • 17 warnings on antidepressants causing birth defects
  • 8 warnings on antidepressants causing self-harm
  • 6 warnings on antidepressants causing anxiety
  • 5 warnings on antidepressants causing withdrawal symptoms
  • 4 warnings on antidepressants causing death
  • 4 warnings on antidepressants causing mania or psychosis
  • 4 warnings on antidepressants causing hallucinations or delusional thinking
  • 3 warnings on antidepressants causing depression
  • 2 warnings on antidepressants causing sexual dysfunction
  • 1 warning on antidepressants causing homicidal ideation

Antidepressant Studies:

There have been 119 studies in twelve countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, Finland, France, Taiwan, Scotland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden) 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):

  • 23 studies on antidepressants causing suicide/risk/attempts
  • 21 studies on antidepressants causing birth defects or premature births
  • 8 studies on antidepressants causing death
  • 6 studies on antidepressants causing violence or hostility
  • 4 studies on antidepressants causing diabetes
  • 4 studies on antidepressants causing sexual dysfunction
  • 2 studies on antidepressants causing homicidal ideation or actions
  • 2 studies on antidepressants causing depression
  • 2 studies on antidepressants causing mania or psychosis
  • 1 study on antidepressants causing anxiety
  • 1 study on antidepressants causing withdrawal symptoms

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

Documented Side Effects of Antidepressants:
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.

Abnormal bleeding/bruising
Abnormal thoughts
Agitation
Akathisia (severe restlessness)
Anxiety
Black tongue
Blurred/changes in vision
Coma
Confusion
Crushing chest pain
Decreased memory/concentration
Delirium
Delusions
Depression
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Dizziness/faintness

Emotional numbing
Extreme restlessness
Fainting
Hallucinations
Heart attacks
Hostility
Hyperactivity
Hypomania
Insomnia
Lethargy
Liver problems
Low white blood cell count
Mania
Manic reactions
Memory lapses
Mood swings
Muscle spasms
Nervousness
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome

Nightmares
Numbness in extremities
Panic attacks
Paranoia
Psychotic episodes
Sedation
Seizures
Severe headache
Severe muscle stiffness
Sexual dysfunction
Shakiness
Shuffling walk
Slow/difficult speech
Stroke
Suicidal thoughts/behavior
Violent behavior
Weight gain
Yellowing of skin/eyes



Note: Side effects of psychiatric drugs can persist for months, if not years, after stopping them.
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