In this post I am going to compare the differences and changes between the current (2006) Seroxat PIL ( Patient Information Leaflet) and the PIL from twelve years ago (1996)
There is an earlier one from 1991 ( But it is sensitive information apparantly and I cannot post about it)
So, I will focus mainly here on some key points from these two PIL’s. You will notice the differences between them and how the side effect profile of seroxat has increased massively in size in a decade, it is really quite remarkable. Just reading the sheer volume of “official” Seroxat side effects added to the 2006 PIL would make anyone feel depressed or anxious… ( not to mention dizzy and nauseous) (My comments will be in brackets in italics after each point)
What is “Seroxat”?
Everyone has a substance called Serotonin in their body. Low levels of Serotonin are thought to be a cause of Depression and other related conditions. This medicine works by bringing the levels of serotonin back to normal. ( Unproven pseudoscience nonsense )
Seroxat works by relieving symptoms of depression and any associated anxiety. It also treats obsessions , compulsions and panic attacks. These tablets are not addictive. Most people find that Seroxat does not affect their daily lives . ( Not Classed as Addictive, but does cause Dependence which is Addiction , and does cause withdrawal which is a criteria of physically addictive substances )
The usual dose to treat depression is 20mg a day but your doctor may tell you to take up to 50mg a day.
Some people find that if they suddenly stop taking these tablets they feel dizzy, shaky, sick, anxious, confused or have tingling sensations. They also may have difficulty sleeping, and have vivid dreams when they do sleep. But these symptoms are unusual and generally disappear after a few days. ( never proven to work over 20mg )
If you stop taking your tablets too soon your symptoms may return. Remember you cannot become addicted to Seroxat.
( Symptoms such as withdrawal? You can become addicted to Seroxat )
Does “Seroxat: cause side effects? Any medicine can cause unwanted effects, with Seroxat any side effects are usually mild and go away after a few weeks. The most likely side effect of seroxat is that you might feel slightly sick. When taking Seroxat some people may find they have an upset stomach, a rash, or dry mouth. They may sweat more than usual or feel drowsy but unable to sleep soundly. They may also lose their appetite or become constipated. Men may have difficluty having an erection and may find it difficult to ejaculate. All of these side effects will go away once you stop taking the tablets. ( some of these side effects are permanent)
Patients can occasionalyy feel dizzy, shaky or restless or they may feel faint when they stand up. Very rarely patients may feel fascial, body or muscle spasms or sudden mood changes. ( This is very common, NOT very rare )
Depression is a common illness. At any one time one in 20 people will be suffering from it.
The balance of chemicals in the brain is thought to affect the way we feel. Serotonin is one of these chemicals and also thought to be low in people who are depressed.
It is important that even when you feel better , you continue taking these tablets until your doctor tells you to stop. This will reduce the chance of your depression returning.
( GSK wanted you to take this stuff for a long time)
Seroxat treats depression and anxiety disorders. Like all medicines it can have unwanted effects.
It is therfore impotant that you and your doctor weigh up the benefits of treatment against the possible unwanted affects, before starting treatment. ( the risks clearly outweigh the so called “benefits”)
If you stop or miss a does you may get withdrawal affects
If you feel restless and like you cant sit or stand still tell your doctor
Possible Side Effects
Likely to affect up to one in 100 people
Unusual bleeding or bruising
Other possible side effect during treatment
Likey to affect up to 1 and 10 people
Change in Sex drive and Sexual Function
Likely to affect up to one in 10 people
Increases of cholestoral in the blood
Lack of appetite
Feeling Dizzy or Shaky ( tremors )
Yawning, dry mouth
Likely to affect up to 1 in 100 people
Bried increase or decrease in blood pressure
Lack of movements, Stiffness , shaking or abnormal movements in the mouth and tongue
Likely to affect up to one in every 1000 people
Abnormal production of breast mik in both men and women
A slow heartbeat
Effects on the liver showing up in blod tests of your liver function
Overactive thoughts and behaviours (mania)
Feeling detatched from yourself ( depersonalization)
Pain in the joints or muscles
Likely to affect up to 1 in 10,000 people
Liver problems that make the skin or whites of the eyes go yellow
Fluid or water retention which may cause swelling of the arms and legs
Sensitivity to sunlight
Painful erection of the penis that wont go away
Unexpected bleeding .eg. Bleeding gums , blood in the urine or in vomit or the appearance of unexpected
bruises or borken blood vessels
Some patients have developed buzzing, whistling, ringing or other persistent noise in the ears (tinnitus) when they take seroxat
Seroxat is a treatment for adults with depression and anxiety disorders. It is not fully understood how Seroxat and other SSRI’s work but they may help by increaing the level of serotonin in the brain.
Other medicines or psychotherapy can also treat depression or anxiety.
( Seroxat is a lobotomy in pill form)