Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors

Widespread use of SSRI antidepressants drives soaring health care costs in Canada/What are SSRI antidepressants?

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Online
Author: 
Diane Saibil
Publisher: 
Network
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Questions the science behind SSRI antidepressants and their real-world effectiveness. Examines why so many SSRIs are prescribed to women, as well as safety concerns and alternative treatment options.

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ISSN 14800039

Serotonin and depression: a disconnect between the advertisements and the scientific literature

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Jeffrey R Lacasse
Jonathan Leo
Publisher: 
PLoS Medicine
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
San Francisco, CA

Examines direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) campaigns for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. Studies whether claims made in ads can be backed up with scientific evidence.

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ISSN 15491277 (print)
ISSN 15491676 (online)
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Includes bibliographical references.

Paroxetine (Paxil) and congenital malformations

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Canadian Medical Assocation Journal
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Warns that paroxetine (Paxil) may increase the risk of major congenital malformations.

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SSRI antidepressants: their place in women's lives

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Online
Author: 
Diane Saibil
Women and Health Protection
Publisher: 
Women and Health Protection
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Explores SSRI use in women and its effects. Also looks at alternatives to SSRIs.

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WHP PHAR.S35 2005

The marketization of depression: the prescribing of SSRI antidepressants to women

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Janet Currie
Publisher: 
Women and Health Protection
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Looks at the impact of SSRI use among Canadian women. Reviews what is currently known about the benefits and harms caused by SSRIs, as well as both the definition and incidence of depression in women.

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WHP PHAR.C87 2005
ISBN 0973870109

Let them eat Prozac

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David Healy
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James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Halifax, NS

Examines the practices of the pharmaceutical industry.

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ISBN 0550287834
PHAR.H43 2003
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, Network Summer/Fall 2004: Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Zoloft -- we all recognize these names, and probably know at least one or two people who have been prescribed these medications. With sales in the billions of dollars, we have to ask ourselves: is North America experiencing a depression epidemic, or are the pharmaceutical companies getting better at marketing drugs than making them? David Healy explores these difficult questions, taking us on a scary journey through the practices of the pharmaceutical industry. We soon learn that drug companies and researchers still do not know exactly how these drugs work, or what their potential side-effects are. Healy also reveals – and subsequent health warnings from both Britain and Canada have confirmed his findings -- that some patients taking new anti-depressants may become suicidal, and may be committing suicide at a much higher rate than if they had been left untreated. Let Them Eat Prozac is also a history of Healy's career, both working for the big pharmaceutical companies, and criticizing them.
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