Antidepressants and Side Effects


I witness so many crossing my threshold ‘hooked’ on antidepressants. Just the other night, I saw an ad for a new and improved antidepressant that listed cancer as a side effects. My husband asked me, “Can these drugs companies really advertise a drug that can give you cancer? How disgusting!Who are the consumer watchdogs that protect the average Joe from these crazy drug companies?” My answer was, “No one outside of oneself!”

So I proceeded to do a search on antidepressants and their relationship to cancer. Let’s start with Ritalin, a stimulant similar in action to other stimulants such as amphetamines and cocaine. Used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder (ADHD), there are six million scripts for Ritalin filled annually.

In this country, we distribute five times more Ritalin than the rest of the world combined. After more than 40 years of doling out Ritalin, the FDA and the National Cancer Institute have requested more testing because of widespread use and lack of data on its potential carcinogenicity. The National Toxicology Program took responsibility for conducting trials on carcinogenicity and, in June 1993, released results showing that mice given Ritalin induced liver tumors as well as very rare and highly malignant cancers. Levels were close to those prescribed for children. However, Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals still maintains the position that Ritalin is “safe and effective.”

If a drug causes cancer in lab animals, can it be deemed safe? Of the 23 known human carcinogens, all were identified in animals first, often decades earlier. You be the judge! Can we trust these big-pharma corporations?


About Deborah Arneson

Deborah Arneson holds a B.S. in Food Science, a M.S. in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed clinical nutritionist. A veteran in her field, she specializes in solving hormonal imbalances: increasing energy, focus, moods, eliminating anxiety, constipation and sleep problems though one on one nutrition counseling and Ayurvedic practices.