Drug experts say Prozac is not addictive
Jeremy Laurance is a writer on health issues. He is former health editor of The Independent and the i and has covered the specialism for more than 20 years. He thinks the harm medicine does is under-appreciated, the harm it prevents over-rated, and that cycling works better than most drugs. He was named Specialist Journalist of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards.
Thursday 04 December 1997
The Medicines Commission dismissed as "flawed" a report by Charles Medawar, director of Social Audit, claiming "overwhelming evidence" that Prozac and similar anti-depressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin uptake inhibitors) caused problems of dependence as great as tranquillisers such as Valium.
Mr Medawar says doctors have been led to believe that withdrawal reactions are very rare and that they may be mistaking the psychic distress caused by drug withdrawal for relapse, in the same way that they did with benzodiazepines like Valium 25 years ago.
The commission said withdrawal reactions had been noted with the SSRIs but they were rare and not associated with other symptoms of dependence.
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