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Psychiatric drugs kill 500,000 people each year 65 and older in the US and the European Union notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD.
“Psychiatric drugs are responsible for the deaths of more than half a million people aged 65 and older each year in the Western world [in the US and the European Union],” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.
Later in the article he writes, “I used Danish prescription statistics to estimate the number of deaths caused by these three classes of drugs. “Because falls, which are much more common in older people, are an important cause of death in people taking psychotropic drugs, I included only people at least 65 years of age and used conservative death rates: 1% for antipsychotics, 1% for benzodiazepines and similar drugs, and only 2% for antidepressants. “The total number of deaths a year in Denmark (3693) when scaled up corresponded to 539,000 in the United States and European Union combined.”
About Dr. Gøtzsche
Dr. Gøtzsche is the author of several wonderful books including Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial in which he talks about the problems with psychiatric drugs.
He is also author of the wonderful book Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare.
Dr. Gøtzsche also cofounded the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993, which is a group of scientists around the world who analyze data to try and figure out the truth about drugs and other health topics.
Gotzsche PC, Young AH, and Crace J. Does long term use of psychiatric drugs cause more harm than good? BMJ, 2015 May 12; 350: h2435.
The paper is available for free here:
Author’s Contact Info
Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD
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Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex)
Paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat)
Sertraline (Zoloft, Lustral)
generic name: desvenlafaxine
generic name: duloxetine
generic name: milnacipran
generic name: venlafaxine
generic name: levomilnacipran
generic name: desvenlafaxine
Vortioxetine (serotonin modulator and stimulator)
SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors)
Escitalopram Lexapro, Cipralex
Fluoxetine Prozac, Sarafem; Pexeva
Paroxetine Paxil, Paxil CR
Venlafaxine Effexor, Effexor XR
Mirtazapine Remeron, Remeron SolTab
Bupropion Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL, Zyban; Aplenzin
Atomoxetine (Norepinephrine reuptake Inhibitor) Strattera
Agomelatine (5-HT2C receptor antagonist) Valdoxan
(5HT1A receptor agonist) Buspar
(5HT2-receptor antagonist) Nefadar, Serzone
Tandospirone (azapirone, 5HT1A receptor agonist) Sediel
(Serotonin reuptake enhancer) Stablon
(5HT2-receptor antagonist, triazolopyridine-derivative) Desyrel, Apo-Trazodone, Oleptro
(Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor) Edronax, Vestra
Viloxazine (NRI) Vivalan
(Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, Serotonin 5HT 1A receptor agonist) Viibryd
Serotonin Modulator and Stimulator
(TCA/antipsychotic) Etrafon, Triavil