Zoloft - Better than Placebos?
Antidepressants continue to be improved upon, designed to work more effectively, and have fewer side effects. That said, 60 minutes had a fascinating piece on Sunday (originally aired 02/19/2012) highlighting recent studies that ask: Do antidepressants work better than placebos? Zoloft has been prescribed since 1991. And by 2007 it was the most heavily prescribed antidepressant in the US with almost 30 million prescriptions.
Zoloft is the successor to an older generation of antidepressants, going back as far as Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) from the late 1950s and 1960s. These antidepressants are generally extinct; being replaced by possibly more effective and less harmful medications.
MAOI (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors) were the next line of popular antidepressant medications in the 1960s and 1970s. These continue to be prescribed but generally as a last line of treatment as they have a laundry list of lethal drug and dietary interactions.
Antidepressants continue to be improved upon, designed to work more effectively, and have fewer side effects. That said, 60 minutes had a fascinating piece on Sunday (originally aired 02/19/2012) highlighting recent studies that ask: Do antidepressants work better than placebos?
Some of the major takeaways (as per some renowned medical professionals such as Irving-Kirsch, not so much the drug manufacturers) include acknowledging that antidepressants are likely effective in severe cases, that antidepressants are likely very overprescribed, and that in milder cases of depression, anxiety, etc. placebos are likely just as effective as antidepressants in their treatment.
These very powerful and potent drugs carry a litany of risks and side effects and should not be taken unless your doctor believes the benefits will outweigh the risks. One critical linkage, for example, has been drawn between Zoloft, when taken by pregnant women, and birth defects in their newborn babies. These birth injuries include, but are not limited to Pulmonary Hypertension, Reduction in Cognitive Abilities, Cleft Palate, and Heart Defects.
If you believe that Zoloft may have played a role in the birth injuries and/or birth defects of your child, it is imperative that you fully understand all of the options that may be available to you. It is very possible that there was negligence on the side Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zoloft. If we find this to be true in your case, you are going to want an extremely successful pharmaceutical lawyer on your side. The Zoloft Lawyers at McEwen Law are here to help.
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