Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Antidepressants Still Being Used to Chemically Cosh Children in the U.K.

In 2003 the U.K. governments medicine watchdog investigated the use of antidepressants on children. The result was that they restricted the use of the drugs because they caused mood swings and increased the risk of suicide.

Three years later a survey by the medical magazine ‘Pulse’ found that four out of five GPs claim that they are not meeting the guidelines from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, which recommends advice on diet and exercise and counselling as a first line of treatment for mild to moderate depression. More than half - 58 per cent - are instead still handing out antidepressants.

Although the Royal College of GPs has signed up to guidance from the MHRA and Nice, the guidance is not legally binding. GPs are still free to use their discretion when prescribing and the survey reveals that many are doing so.

Latest official figures show that almost 7,000 prescriptions for Seroxat and 10,000 for other SSRIs were issued to under-18s in 2004-5. An increasing number of children are on Prozac.


Blogger Fiddy said...


First I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.

My name is Bob Fiddaman and I live in the UK.

For sometime now I've been campaigning here in the UK regarding the dangers of Seroxat

My blog, Seroxat Sufferers, Stand Up and Be Counted, blows the lid on the corrupt activities between the makers of Seroxat, Glaxosmithkline, and the
Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

It's really time for you all to stand up and be counted and to make noises regarding the suppression of the clinical trails for Seroxat. .We, a group
of campaigners, are pushing for the drug to be banned completely as collectively we have all found evidence that Glaxosmithkline also suppressed the adult clinical trial evidence.

The side effects of this drug can be debilitating, I know - I was on it for 6 years - try to wean off it for 18 months until eventually going cold turkey - that was actually the worst three months of my life but I had made
the decision that it was not going to run my life anymore.

Read the articles on my blog from your average Joe, hear stories of the zaps, the suicidal thoughts, the homicidal thoughts, the feeling of helplessness and lack of empathy toward others. Watch videos and see or at least judge for yourselves if Glaxosmithkline are lying.

Yes, it helps some people but more and more people are coming forward now with their horror stories.

Anyway, enough of the chat.

Pay my site a visit, it's already being monitored by GSK and the MHRA - They can't do anything about it because it will highlight the cause. You will be astounded at the correspondence I have had with the MHRA and receently they
have actually tried to gag me by throwing a copyright act in the mails they send me. Bit I refuse to bow down to this bullying. The public have a right to know exactly what is going on with the prescribed drugs we take.

Everyone deserves proper
healthcare - Seroxat, as we know it can be fatal.

Thank you for the rant and I hope to hear from you should you wish to pay a visit to my blog.

I can be contacted at fiddaman64atblueyonder.co.uk and my blog can be found at http://fiddaman.blogspot.com

I look forward to hearing from you

Bob Fiddaman, UK

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