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Prozac overrated and addictive

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND. An independent report prepared by Dr. Charles Medawar of the World Health Organization concludes that Prozac may be addictive, is not as effective as originally hoped, and has significant side effects. In the 10 years that Prozac and other selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been on sale in Britain almost 18,000 reports of adverse effects have been filed by general practitioners. Adds Dr. Ralph Edwards of the Collaborative Centre for International Drug Monitoring in Sweden "...there's something strange going on with a drug when you have a huge number of side effects reported but little done about it." Dr. Malcolm Lader at the Institute of Psychiatry in London feels that reports of withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing SSRIs may be exaggerated but does agree that the effectiveness of Prozac and other SSRIs has proved to be disappointing.
Day, Michael. Death of a dream? New Scientist, December 6, 1997, p. 14

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