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Re: drug mixing; "Prozac causes suicide" rumor

Posted by Elizabeth on June 24, 1999, at 20:56:10

In reply to Re: drug mixing; "Prozac causes suicide" rumor, posted by Haley on June 24, 1999, at 20:31:09

Peter Breggin's books are not research; they're just his opinions, which are more political than scientific. He is a rather shady individual.

I did recommend the paper by Teicher and colleagues which discusses possible explanations for the phenomenon (e.g., that it is a form of mania or an extrapyramidal reaction). These are smart guys who I respect and listen to. I also cited _Listening to Prozac_, which goes over Teicher et al.'s original 1990 report (still the most compelling piece of evidence that SSRIs may, in the rare individual, induce suicidal thinking) and comments on it; Kramer, as it happens, does believe that this adverse reaction can happen.

What clinical trials have shown repeatedly is that there's no increase in suicidal ideation in people on Prozac that shows up on the "statistical radar." In other words, if this phenomenon does indeed occur, it is very, very rare.




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