The side-effects of drugs prescribed for insomnia and anxiety are killing thousands of British victims every year, but yet doctors are handing them out like candy.
These drugs are the third major killer after heart disease and cancer in the UK , so why are doctors handing them out like smarties. In a new book, Professor Gøtzsche reveals the huge scale of the problem.
More than 80 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are written in the UK every year. As an investigator for the independent Cochrane Collaboration – an international body that assesses medical research – my role is to look forensically at the evidence for treatments.
Not only are these drugs often entirely unnecessary and ineffective, but they can also turn patients into addicts, cause crippling side-effects – and kill.
For instance, antipsychotics, commonly given to dementia patients to keep them quiet, raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Psychiatric drugs also make falls more likely, and breaking a hip can shorten life significantly, while some antidepressants are linked to a potentially deadly irregular heartbeat.
And the death toll from these pills has been grossly underestimated. Based on data from published and unpublished sources, these psychiatric drugs are the third major killer after heart disease and cancer.
The data on all this is available if you know where to look, but I’m the first person to pull it all together – for instance, finding that the number of suicides among adults and children taking antidepressant drugs is actually 15 times greater than the number calculated by the U.S. drugs watchdog, the Food and Drug Administration.
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