Lullaby: Antidepressants and Birth Defects

April, 21, 2014 | 14 Comments

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  1. How sad. But it makes a lot of sense because autism is a disorder that involves interpersonal emotions and emotional connections to the outside. It is as if the unborn child suffers from an extreme form of the intended effects of such a drug, that being the “dumbing down” of emotional responses, which at that age translates to the capability for attachment to other humans.

  2. This discussion introduces a topic that I call behavioral teratology. Going back at least to the late 1960s, there is a long history of preclinical studies in that area, many of them concerned with effects of psychiatric and neurological drugs on sexual differentiation of fetuses. Credible human studies have been sadly lacking.

    In connection with SSRI use in pregnancy, it is worth recalling that major migrations of neurons occur late in fetal brain development, so we ought not be surprised to find behavioral outcomes like autism linked to third trimester exposure rather than to the better known first trimester exposure for somatic development.

  3. I wonder how Catholic pro-life psychiatrists can ignore the evidence that SSRIs can cause miscarriage, birth defects and voluntary abortions? Surely this goes against everything they stand for?

    In Ireland Psychiatrist Patricia Casey is a patron and co-founder of the Iona Institute, a Catholic anti-abortion think tank. She recently stated that for the ‘clinically’ depressed pregnant woman, antidepressants and/or cognitive therapy are desperately needed to prevent a woman from taking her own life. How does she marry the fact that the Catholic Church are anti-abortion and yet advocate for SSRIs in pregnancy when they cause all of the above?

    Irish psychiatry, despite all the regulatory warnings, also collectively deny that these group of drugs can cause suicide or violence. In 2012 Irishwoman Anna Byrne was Carrying twins (almost full term) when she died by jumping off Howth head. She had been on Paxil/Seroxat which was discontinued early in her pregnancy. She was then put on Sertraline/Zoloft by her GP who described it as “a commonly used antidepressant during pregnancy”. Anna’s dose of sertraline was doubled 6 days before her death by her psychiatrist, John Sheehan. This SSRI did not prevent Anna and her babies deaths; the risks did not outweigh the benefits.

    Did Sertraline in fact cause their deaths and where is the public outcry for these three young lives? The denial by Irish psychiatry of any adverse effects of SSRIs is truly shocking.

  4. http://public.gsk.co.uk/

    This is the GSK UK Public Site for reporting a suspected side-effect.

    It re-directs you to MHRA/yellow card.

    It is orange and it is very, very tiny………………..did you spot it or is it too early in the morning………?

  5. What would Andrew say to my doctor.

    You dropped her 20 mg. off Seroxat, you gave her Diazepam, Lorazepam, Chlordiazepoxide and Propanolol. You gave her Paroxetine liquid and then introduced Fluoxetine.

    Speak to your doctor?

    Lucid speech was long gone. Hallucinations followed.

    This is outrageous says, Andrew.

    *This is not what we intended. I don’t quite know what we did intend, but, your doctor is guilty not us.*

    What doctors do is completely their affair.

    Is this correct?

    Peter Gotzche thinks we might have permanent brain damage.

    If trying to stay awake, trying to psyche oneself out of the noise in the head, and trying to get the mo-jo back is damage, then, it is possible he is quite right.

    Do all these drugs equate to long term damage? On, off, on, off, on, off.
    Makes me giddy thinking about how I innocently swallowed so much of it.

    And swallowed not a word from anyone. Just take this. I did.

    Don’t we look back and see what utter fools we were.
    Too late now. The damage is done.

    I know what Henry went through and continues to go through.
    Thank goodness, I did not take the Prozac offered or anything else offered…………..

    STOP IT….I thought….just STOP IT….I don’t want anymore………….

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/features/10789916/Lives-left-in-ruin-by-rising-tide-of-depression-drugs.html

  6. They won’t be content until every single one of us is on an antidepressant (and a statin), will they? My God. Thank you Dr. Healy for being — to quote the wonderful Auden poem — “a voice to undo the folded lie.”

  7. What would Andrew say to my doctor….Part Three

    I, unsuccessfully, was a litigant with Hugh James Solicitors who took Glaxosmithkline to settlement regarding Paroxetine.

    When Mark Harvey threw in the towel, having decided that our case was 50/50, on advice, he almost threw away our chances of successful litigation.

    I am now with another law firm who I am hopeful will successfully bring a court action against Glaxosmithkline.

    Just wondering how Hugh James were handling their unsuccessful bid, and loss of thousands, to represent us, it seems, Hugh James, are still citing our Seroxat case on their website.

    Why?

    Is Mark Harvey so desperate not to leave any stains on Hugh James re his diabolical failure to represent us, or, is there something, that I am missing here?

    I will repeat, I am not represented by Hugh James Solicitors.

    My medical records are now with another lawyer. I signed a form to allow my medical records to be transferred to Secure Law.

    These two solicitors, are based in Cardiff.

    Who exactly is representing me with Paroxetine as a harmful product?

    http://www.hughjames.com/service/personal-injury-illness/harmful-product-compensation/seroxat/

    • Annie can you offer any advice on how I find out where I stand with regards to being prescribed seroxat. I not only suffered with withdrawals so bad that weaning off it was impossible for quite some time, but I was also trying to conceive. Not once did my GP make me aware of the dangers this drug could and did bring, but he failed to tell me that I was jeopardising my chance of becoming a mum which I longed for for many years but I was swallowing a drug that could harm such a precious life. Not once did he have the decency to be honest and do his job properly. Against all odds I finally discovered i was pregnant and I stopped immediately. I can’t acutely recall how I was or how I coped, which is quite unnerving. My daughter is now 12yrs old and my miracle. Im only just now discovering sites like these and Iv found what Iv discovered all very upsetting. Many thanks Joanne xx

  8. More jiggery-pokery on the Seroxat Disinformation Leaflet.

    http://public.gsk.co.uk/products/seroxat.html

    Chinese (Simplified) translation of “have shot your bolt”
    UK informal
    › to have already achieved all that you have the power, ability or strength to do and to be unable to do more
    已竭尽全力
    He started off the game well but seemed to have shot his bolt by half-time.
    比赛开始时他表现不错,但半场时似乎M已经筋疲力尽了。

    “When you point a finger at the moon to indicate the moon, instead of looking at the moon,the stupid ones look at your finger.”
    ― Mao Tse-tung

    Or

    D. Cameron might or might not choose his friends wisely and might or might not listen to the Chinese and might or might not put business before ethics.

    D. Cameron is not, yet, a wise man, yet, he has, yet, to learn a little about naivety and we have seen more failed friendships with D. Cameron than, perhaps, any other prime minister.

    D. Cameron has taken away knighthoods from Banking Crooks and Sexual Deviants.

    But, to look at GSK closely, is a challenge for him and for us…….

  9. Maybe the recent “increase in autism” that has been in the headlines recently is because many of these children were born to moms on SSRI’s. Or then again, maybe there really is no increase at all…

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