This website is dedicated to sharing information about suicidal actions, and suicidal thoughts, caused by antidepressants.
Many commonly prescribed antidepressants can give some people suicidal thoughts – and a proportion of them will go on to take their own lives.
Drug manufacturers’ own figures from clinical trials show that patients who were prescribed SSRI antidepressants – which include Prozac – were more than three times as likely to kill themselves, or attempt to, than those patients given a placebo. But, naturally, the huge pharmaceutical companies that hold licences for these drugs do not want the connection between antidepressants and suicide to gain currency. And the very nature of the problem means that it’s all too easy for the powerful pharmaceutical companies to convince doctors and drug regulation authorities that these unfortunate victims took their own lives as a result of the depression for which they were prescribed the drugs, not because of the drugs themselves.
Yet there is copious amounts of research and anecdotal evidence that shows otherwise.
One of the earliest antidepressants to be developed in the 1950s – reserpine (branded Serpasil) – also reduced high blood pressure, so it was prescribed not only as an antidepressant but also as an antihypertensive. In 1955, reports began emerging of patients who were being treated with reserpine for high blood pressure becoming depressed and committing suicide.
In the year 2000, healthy volunteers agreed to try an SSRI-based antidepressant, to see if it could make those who weren’t depressed feel “better than well” – a catch phrase used to market the new generation of antidepressants. The volunteers took Zoloft for two weeks and a different type of antidepressant for two weeks, but didn’t know which pill they were taking at what time. Two of the group became suicidal on Zoloft.
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