Atypical antipsychotics double risk for cardiac arrest

This is all over the web. At least in my web world.

But if you haven’t caught it atypical antipsychotics double the risk of cardiac arrest.

I concur with Philip who reports on the study in the New England Journal of Medicine that revealed this here and says this in conclusion:

I swear the atypicals have turned out to be one of the biggest scams Big Pharma has ever pulled on Americans. They also represent a big black eye for psychiatry, which worked so hard to adopt their use and defended the drugs to the hilt.

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  1. I saw this article today and was just spitting mad. Of course my doctor will dismiss the risk, saying the benefits are greater than the risk. So let’s recount:

    I have had two major “flip outs” in my life, one after the birth of my son, and one after my son’s life was in danger at age 4, and my grandma was dying, and people at work were being beyond cruel to me. In between these times, I had little to no mood instability whatsoever. Therapy matters not one bit, and even though taking these drugs can cause diabetes, cognitive dysfunction, uncontrollable muscle twitching, and now we know, cardiac arrest, it is still better for me to take them and be a good little robot than it is for me risk any of those things.

    Yeah, right.

  2. This makes me so mad. My cousin was put on Zyprexa and when he told his GP he wasn’t taking it anymore his GP said he should be. Not one doc mentioned any of these problems. I feel like printing this out and mailing to his docs.

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