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Antidepressants And Violent Behavior: Are You Taking One Of The 10 Most Dangerous?
4. Amphetamines – There are various types of amphetamines which are usually used to treat ADHD. These drugs affect the brains noradrenaline and dopamine systems. Amphetamines have been determined to be 9.6 times more likely to be connected to violence than other types of medications.
3. Paxil (paroxetine) – This is another SSRI antidepressant that has been linked to birth defects and very severe withdrawal symptoms. Paxil is 10.3 times more likely to be connected with acts of violence when compared to other drugs in its class.
2. Prozac (fluoxetine) – The first well-known antidepressant, this drug is 10.9 times more likely to be linked to violent behavior than other drugs.
1. Chantix (varenicline) – Used in anti-smoking campaigns, this drug is also prescribed for those suffering from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). This drug affects the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, which reduces the craving to smoke. This drug is 18 times more likely to be connected to acts of violence and emotional outbursts than other drugs. For example, Xyban is only 1.9 times more likely to be linked to violent behavior. However, Chantix is superior in terms of success rates when compared to other drugs. If you are trying to quit smoking, this study should not necessarily rule out this drug as a viable option. Please discuss all your concerns with your doctor.
One last thought, although these studies were concerned with the link between violent behavior, especially among the young, and antidepressants, it is important to note that antidepressants increase the risk of death among the elderly.
In a study that involved more than 60,000 adults over the age of 65 who were diagnosed with depression and were tracked over an 11 year period, it showed that those who took SSRI’s had a 10.6 increased risk of death when compared to the control group. This study was published in August of 2011 in the British Medical Journal.
There are numerous ways of treating your depression naturally. Prescription drugs, especially those listed above, should only be used as a last resort and even then, only under the close supervision of your doctor and/or psychiatrist.
Again, we urge you to discuss your concerns with your doctor if you or a family member are taking any of these antidepressants, do not stop taking these drugs abruptly as serious consequences can arise.