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The Ten Most Violence-Inducing Prescription Drugs...

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices recently published a study highlighting what is considered to be the top ten of most concerning prescription drugs that may cause violent outburt in patients. The ISMP even reports that some of these popular drugs may be linked to homicidal crimes.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices recently published a study highlighting what is considered to be the top ten of most concerning prescription drugs that may cause violent outburst in patients. The ISMP even reports that some of these popular drugs may be linked to homicidal crimes.

Amongst them are included some of the most popular daily antidepressants, Paxil (paroxetine) and Prozac (fluoxetine).

Concerns about aggressive drug side effects like this have been at the forefront of companies such as ourselves for a long time. This is why we try to advise alternatives that not only avoid such side effect potentials, but provide a potential for actual longer-term resolution, rather than just suppression of the problem.

As well as antidepressants, some of the other named drugs form popular insomnia medications, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs, a malaria drug and an anti-smoking medication.

Here is an excerpt from the article on the actual top ten list of drugs of concern in this area at the moment, for your information:

10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) - An antidepressant that affects serotonin and noradrenaline. The drug is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

9. Venlafaxine (Effexor) - An antidepressant that treats anxiety disorders. The drug is 8.3 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) - A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug that is 8.4 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

7. Triazolam (Halcion) - A benzodiazepine drug for insomnia that is 8.7 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

6. Atomoxetine (Strattera) - An ADHD drug that is 9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

5. Mefoquine (Lariam) - A malaria drug that is 9.5 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

4. Amphetamines - This general class of ADHD drug is 9.6 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

3. Paroxetine (Paxil) - An SSRI antidepressant drug that is 10.3 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs. It is also linked to severe withdrawal symptoms and birth defects.

2. Fluoxetine (Prozac) - A popular SSRI antidepressant drug that is 10.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

1. Varenicline (Chantix) - An anti-smoking drug that is a shocking 18 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

Of course I and Xtend-Life always advise methods to help avoid the need for taking aggressive medications.

Prescription drugs have their place, for conditions of emergency or life-threatening situations, or in situations where natural formulations haven't or won't work (as with anything, natural or conventional, nothing works for everyone).

However, the majority of people taking these medications either don't actually have a real need for them (many prescription drugs are hugely over- and unnecessarily-prescribed), or have potential alternatives that they may not yet have explored that can avoid all the pitfalls associated with long-term medication taking – side effects, addiction, and further medication-induced health concerns.

So perhaps take a browse through our website info and product info if you are in one of these situations, or wish to help your health without getting into the medication route. Even if you are generally healthy, taking supplements to try to help protect your health, to avoid problems occurring in the first place, and getting general health and lifestyle advice (which we are happy to help you with also) is a good preventative measure.

Source: "Top Ten Legal Drugs Linked to Violence" by TIME

3 Comments

  • “I have been taking your Omega-3 since last six month. Just one tab/day helped me a lot. My LDL come down from 150 to 90 and HDL is 57. I am on SSRI too. 50 mg /Day. I want to replace the same with  your product. Please suggest me . I have been taking since last 2 year and during this period doctor tapper ed down to 25 mg and than stopped. But he has started again since last one week. Awaiting your valuable feedback. I am not suffering from Insomenia”

    sharad March 12 2011

  • “Hi Murray, You are right. Statins have many side effects and this is a whole subject in itself. We already have a lot of info on our site about statins and their risks, but this will be something we follow on from the above article perhaps as a separate subject. Statins should only ever be needed in cases of emergency cholesterol/cardio problems, where a person’s life may be at risk. Otherwise they shouldn’t be needed and are continually over-prescribed unnecessarily. If you are unsure if you need them or not, just ask for your full cholesterol profile and this information will help you to decide. If you do need them, then ensure that you are taking a Ubiquinol CoQ10 form we highly advise our Omega 3/QH Ultra as it is ideal, together with the fish oil extract, for this purpose as CoQ10 is depleted by statins and taking a good quality fish oil with added CoQ10 such as this will help to offset this particular side effect. There are potential alternatives for statins, such as our Cholest-Natural and Total Balance formulas, depending on your needs and circumstances. If you need help deciding what is best, we can take a look at your cholesterol profile and medical symptomatology and history anytime to help advise you. Joanna”

    Xtend-Life Expert February 04 2011

  • “Add to this list the effect that some statins have on mood. I have had two friends who were put on statins. One of the side-effects was that they became quite aggressive (verbally), to family and friends. When they worked out what the problem was the doctors (in different States), prescribed Prozac (!), which did solve the problems. Then the blood-pressure med’s …… Of course the rattled every morning/night with the prescription drugs they were taking. But that was probably no worse than the mouthful of TB, Omega 3 that I take!”

    Murray February 03 2011

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