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steven johnson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:09 PM
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Lawsuits about to begin: prozac & paxil caused birth defects & miscarriages
All the serotonin specific reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) antidepressants are implicated in birth defects and miscarriages. The pharmaceutical companies are arguing that there is still insufficient scientific evidence to prove that the drugs directly cause defects.

But apparently the science has become definitive enough for the lawyers to take cases.




Thousands of women in the UK may be taking antidepressants prescribed by their GPs without knowing that the pills, which are hard to stop taking, could cause birth defects in unborn children.

The problems relate to a class of drug known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which includes Prozac and, in particular, the British-made Seroxat .

In the US, a series of legal actions is about to begin. Lawyers representing women suing the manufacturer of Seroxat, GlaxoSmithKline, say the British company knew or should have known about the birth defects more than 10 years ago. GSK denies it, saying it told the authorities as soon as it was aware of the issue.

According to David Healy, professor of psychiatry in Bangor, Wales, who has been asked to give evidence in the US cases, the rate of birth defects is doubled from 2% in the general population to 4% of those on the drugs. The rate of major defects rises from 1% to 2%. The general rate of miscarriages is 8%, but 16% of women on Seroxat miscarry.





Women given antidepressant that can cause birth defects
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:24 PM
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1. Let me guess, all the testing was done on men?
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:16 PM
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6. ...which can make medications and dosages very danger for women . ..!!!
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rox63 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:01 PM
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2. SSRIs saved my life
Although I'm not familiar with Seroxat, I have been on SSRIs for quite a few years. They helped pull me back from the brink of suicide. Hell, you can't have any babies after you've offed yourself.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:18 PM
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3. My husband is on them but really.....they are drugs and drugs cause birth defects, etc....
for pete's sake.
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Pharaoh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:26 PM
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4. They can also be lifesavers
I sure as hell am not defending drug company's.

But I for one am glad Prozac was invented.

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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:31 PM
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5. I would like to know how many people have been prescribed these drugs.
Does it never occur to doctors or regulatory agencies that if a significant number of people are being treated for any given "illness" , especially in the field of psychiatry, that there might be a slight problem with over diagnosis, elective qualification, and recreational medication?

If a whole bunch of people suddenly present with symptoms of a condition, then either that condition is a normal variation, something is happening in the population, or too many people are being diagnosed for something which may or may not be an actual problem.

Remember the ads for Paxil? The ones which basically said, "If you are uncomfortable speaking in front of groups, then you might have ....."

I'm going to start a pad next to the couch to keep track of things I "might have" according to ads for pharmaceuticals.
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 02:22 PM
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7. Correct me if I am wrong, but haven't SSRIs been Pregnancy Category C to D all along?
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