is a synthetic form of the major active metabolite of venlafaxine (Effexor, Efexor).
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This site is dedicated to the millions of people whose lives have been harmed by the
dishonesty of the “Profit before patients” pharmaceutical industry,
Especially those whose lives were lost or destroyed because of antidepressants.
Welcome to The effexor activist. The core of this site is a library consisting of hundreds of articles from newspapers and medical journals.
To access library of articles and studies, Click here.
This vast library covers topics such as: How to avoid the effects of withdrawal, Side effects, SSRI & SSNRI facts, Help for depression, Antidepressant violence, Suicide, Other risks, Pharmaceutical industry corruption, Children & antidepressants, Antidepressants in bipolar disorder, Industry lies, Advertising drugs, Effexor information, Videos, Books & Films and much more.
Few people realize the lengths the industry is willing to go to, in order to sell drugs. Click here to watch a clip from the educational documentary, "Money Talks", We can not rave about this film enough.
The media is largely controlled by their advertisers. The pharmaceutical industry Big Pharma Spends More On Advertising Than on Research And Development (The media tends to resist biting the hand that feeds). Every day Americans are subjected to a barrage of advertising by the pharmaceutical industry. Click here
A freedom of information act has exposed the truth. The drug makers have been hiding the negative studies. Click Here
A Meta Study INCORPORATED the Hidden Studies and found that: SSRI & SSNRI Antidepressants Work No Better Than Placebos, for the vast majority of depressed people. Click Here
When a study showed that Antidepressants are of little, (if any), benefit for manic depression, the media claimed that the same study showed that use of antidepressants did not increase the risk for a manic episode (Many doctors have long believed that antidepressants DO increase the risk for a manic episode). Click here
What the news stories failed to tell, was that, Almost 90% of the patients in the study were using a mood stabilizer. Thus, the study did not even address the possibility that antidepressants can cause mania in patients with bipolar depression in the absence of a mood stabilizer. (Depression may be the only symptom of bipolar depression in the early stages).
For years the industry has told us that these drugs increase serotonin levels. A new Columbia University study has shown that in reality, for 50% of patients, Instead of raising serotonin levels, antidepressants actually lower serotonin. Click here Does this mean there is a 50/50 chance of getting worse on these drugs? Could this be why drugs like effexor actually increase the suicide rate?
Every now and then the media does tell the story, But we get only a fraction of the truth. See ABCS PRIMETIME LIVE - PAXIL COVER UP STORY: Click here
HOW CAN WE TRUST ANY INDUSTRY THAT IS SO WILLING TO MISLEAD US?
you or someone you know has been put through hell by antidepressants, then you are
aware of how these drugs can cause negative effects. You may not be aware of just how
dangerous these drugs can be, or of how corrupt the FDA and the entire drug industry
have become. You may not be aware of the astonishing profits these companies are
FDA receives and is now dependent on major funding, (user fees), from drug manufacturers.
Many FDA members have deep pocket connections to the pharmaceutical companies.
Members who are honest have been forced to be whistle blowers in order to get
information out about dangerous drugs! It seems that it is only after information
becomes public that the FDA acts to protect the public.
Donations tie drug firms and nonprofit, tax exempt "patient advocacy" organizations. These groups are becoming lobbyists of a sort, testifying before the FDA on subjects such as The “harm” that child suicide warnings on labels would supposedly do. Yet most studies show that SSRIs are no more effective than placebos for children.
One Columbia University study has shown that children and adolescents, (aged
6-18 years) who had committed suicide, were significantly more likely to have
been on antidepressants.
The following six organizations took in $29 million in drug company
donations last year: American Diabetes Association (ADA); National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); National Gaucher Foundation; Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD); Arthritis Foundation (AF); National Organization on Rare Diseases (NORD).
The industry has more than two lobbyists for every member of Congress in Washington. "They are powerful," says Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, "You can hardly swing a cat by the tail in that town without hitting a pharmaceutical lobbyist". Drug companies spent more on lobbying than any other industry. Between 1998 and 2005 - $900 million, according to the Nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. They donated a total of $89.9 million in the same period to federal candidates and party committees, nearly three-quarters of it to Republicans. The drug lobby continues to wield tremendous power in the Democratic controlled Congress. It also still has the backing of the White House.
drugs are now one of the nation's leading killers, Source: Consumer Reports. The number of people needlessly hurt or killed by prescription drugs has become
staggering. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association
(JAMA) found that in one year, over two million patients suffered serious drug
reactions, resulting in 106,000 deaths. Another article in JAMA estimated that
only 1 in 20 reactions are reported.
In 1999 a study conducted by Adrian Preda, M.D.; Rebecca W. MacLean, M.D.; Carolyn
M. Mazure, Ph.D.; and Malcolm B. Bowers, Jr., M.D. found that 8.1% of Psychiatric
Admissions to hospitals were due to Antidepressant-Associated Mania and Psychosis (J Clin Psychiatry 2001;62:30-33). The number must be higher now because the numbers
of people taking antidepressants has risen significantly.
Royal College of General Practitioners reports that the pharmaceutical industry
encourages the unnecessary prescribing of costly drugs and overemphasizes the
dangers of mild conditions such as: anxiety, mild depression, slightly-elevated
blood pressure, high cholesterol and osteoporosis. Doctors are now receiving much
of their drug information from the drug makers. Most doctors seem to have no idea
how corrupt the industry has become. Even medical journals are being influenced by their main advertising client: the drug companies.
Drug makers are allowed to hide many drug studies from the FDA, the doctors and
the public, showing only the studies they choose to show. Drug companies have
repeatedly been caught hiding alarming data, using false advertising and many other underhanded
methods to sell drugs. And yet when they are caught they receive a slap on the
wrist, (relative to profits). On top of all that, drug makers have attempted to
harass and discredit some of the doctors who have publicly stood up to them.
CLICK HERE For a video that every parent should see !
The Product Information
Leaflet (PIL) for venlafaxine (Effexor) now recognises aggression and homicidal
ideation (At times leading to violence) as a side effect of effexor.
CLICK HERE for The Wyeth Product Information
Leaflet (PIL) for venlafaxine (Effexor)
a series of historic warnings in 2004, the FDA has asserted that "adult and
pediatric patients" on antidepressants can develop an array of side effects, "anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility,
impulsivity, akathisia (severe restlessness), hypomania, and mania" that
may make them suicidal "when the dose either increases or decreases,"
that is whenever the dose changes.
Reference: "The Antidepressant Solution"
by Joseph Glenmullen, M.D.
To see well over 1000 news stories about possible SSRI caused violence
Up to 78% of Effexor
users will experience withdrawal. Because of a half life of 5 hrs. Withdrawal
can start after one missed dose. This can be dangerous when people are in circumstances
where they can not get the medication such as emergency situations. More then
ten thousand people have signed the Effexor petition. The Prozac petition has
over 16,000 signatures.
makers claim that antidepressants are not “habit forming” but fail
to mention that all antidepressants can cause withdrawal. People often do not
realize that withdrawal is causing their symptoms. Some people have even mistaken "withdrawal depression" for evidence that the drug is working.
dose reduction (also know as tapering) will alleviate symptoms for most people.
(For many people the reduction in dose needs to be in miniscule amounts requiring
the painstaking cutting and measuring of medication.) And yet many doctors do
not know the proper methods for withdrawal and fail to fully warn patients.
1. Crying spells
2. Worsened mood
3. Low energy (fatigue, lethargy, malaise)
4. Trouble concentrating
5. Insomnia or trouble sleeping
6. Change in appetite
7. Suicidal thoughts
8. Suicide attempts
9. Anxious, nervous, tense
10. Panic attacks
(racing heart, breathless)
11. Chest pain
12. Trembling, jittery,or
14. Agitation (restlessness, hyperactivity)
thoughts or urges
19. Confusion or cognitive difficulties
problems or forgetfulness
21. Elevated mood (feeling high)
22. Mood swings
23. Manic-like reactions
24. Auditory hallucinations
26. Feeling detached or unreal
27. Excessive or intense
29. Flu-like aches and pains
33. Runny nose
34. Sore eyes
38. Abdominal pain or cramps
41. Spinning, swaying, lightheaded
42. Hung over or waterlogged feeling
43. Unsteady gait, poor coordination
44. Motion sickness
47. Numbness, burning,
48. Electric zap-like sensations in the brain
shock-like sensations in the body
50. Abnormal visual sensations
Ringing or other noises in the ears
52. Abnormal smells or tastes
Drooling or excessive saliva
54. Slurred speech
55. Blurred vision
56. Muscle cramps, stiffness, twitches
57. Feeling of restless legs
58. Uncontrollable twitching of mouth
to 78% of effexor users will experience withdrawal.
This can happen with one
missed dose. paxil 66% zoloft 60%
Reference: “The Antidepressant Solution”
by Joseph Glenmullen, M.D.
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