story is all too familiar. The experts estimate upwards of
20,000 Americans have died of antidepressant drug-induced
suicide since Prozac first hit the market.
Below are a few other stories of people that have experienced
horrible reactions or deaths by suicide as a result of these
drugs. We invite you to submit your personal story.
the full transcript from the FDA February 2nd Antidepressant
Advisory Committee Panel Hearing:
Candace Downing - Age 12
Prescribed Zoloft for test anxiety and soon afterwards hung
herself in her bedroom. Candace was an honor student, an
athlete, and had bubbly personality that attracted many friends.
Her story has been featured in many major newspapers, magazines
and television news programs including Today Show and CBS
Watch a video on Candace's story, click here:
In addition, Candace's story is featured in a powerful documentary
called, "Prescription Suicide". Candace's sister
Caroline Downing narrates the film that features intimately-told
personal stories of six American families, their hopes and
experiences with anti-depressant drugs prescribed to their
children. To learn more: www.prescriptionsuicide.com
Scott - Age 43
Father of five children, including set of triplets. He began
taking Paxil shortly after the birth of the triplets. While
on Paxil, Scott became irritable, lethargic and suffered from
insomnia. With his dosage doubled just three weeks beforehand,
he ended his life on May 10, 2004.
Watch Scott's widow, Ellen, a register nurse, testify at
the FDA's Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee hearing
in December 13, 2006 regarding it’s meta-analysis of
suicidality data from adult antidepressant clinical trials.
C. – Age 71
Went to his cardiologist for chest pains. He was given the
usual battery of heart tests. Nothing showed up so the cardiologist
sent him home with 2 weeks worth of Prozac samples. 10 days
later he was found hanging in his shop.
Mathew M. – Age 13
Family just moved to a new suburb of Kansas City. He was
having a hard time adjusting to new school and city. He was
given 3 weeks worth of Zoloft samples, but took his own life
before finishing the first bottle. His parents wanted to
go back to the doctor the following week, but the doctor
see them for 3 weeks due to caseload and speaking engagements
for Pfizer. He was found hanging from his bedroom closet
after taking drug for 6 days.
Jame T. - Age 13
Was given 75mg Effexor for migraine headaches. Became suicidal
and extremely agitated after dosage was doubled to 150mg.
Her parents took her back to see the specialist who wanted
to double the dosage again. She tried to get off of Effexor
for over 2 years but her body was going through withdrawl.
Today, Jame is now Effexor free and graduating from high
Julie Woodward – Age 17
Julie told her parents she "felt sad" and her grades
began to slip. She was going through a tough period, breaking
up with a boyfriend, attending a new school and facing SATs.
She started to attend an outpatient group therapy program
where she prescribed Zoloft. Her family immediately noticed
that she couldn't keep still. Typically very calm, Julie
was pacing and constantly moving. For the first time ever,
Julie shoved her mother to the floor after an argument. Her
dad found her hanging in the garage after taking Zoloft less
than a week.
Below are a few phrases from people about their personal
experiences on antidepressants:
• “Would just wake up in the middle of night and
wander around the neighborhood.“
• “Felt like a caged animal.“
• “Had violent nightmares of killing myself and
my wife. Never had them before taking drug.“
• “Wanted to cut this feeling out of my body.“
• “Head outside of body.“
• “Felt like I was stoned for days“
If you have a personal story that you wish to share, please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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