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Zyprexa

An American psychosis.
Zyprexa

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Imagine that a virus suddenly appears in our society that makes people sleep 12–14 hours a day. Those infected with it move about somewhat slowly and seem emotionally disengaged.

Many gain huge amounts of weight – 20, 40, 60, and even 100 pounds. Often their blood sugar levels soar, and so do their cholesterol levels. A number of those struck by the mysterious illness – including young children and teenagers – become diabetic in very short order. Reports of patients occasionally dying from pancreatitis appear in the medical literature. Newspapers and magazines fill their pages with accounts of this new scourge, which is dubbed metabolic dysfunction illness, and parents are in a panic over the thought that their children might contract this horrible disease. The federal government gives hundreds of millions of dollars to scientists at the best universities to decipher the inner workings of this virus, and they report that the reason it causes such global dysfunction is that it blocks a multitude of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain – dopaminergic, serotoninergic, muscarinic, adrenergic, and histaminergic. All of those neuronal pathways in the brain are compromised. Meanwhile, MRI studies find that over a period of several years the virus shrinks the cerebral cortex, and this shrinkage is tied to cognitive decline. A terrified public clamors for a cure. Now, such an illness has in fact hit millions of American children and adults. We have just described the effects of Eli Lilly’s best-selling antipsychotic, Zyprexa.

Robert Whitaker in Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America..

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Anonymous

I know someone who took this drug, this person had schizophrenizia, yes, it is true, the side effects did give him the symptoms you speak of, but when he was not taking the medication he was psychotic and very ill. Did you know each time a person goes off meds, and has recurring psychosis, it is damaging the brain each time. The psychosis causes brain damage...the meds stop this. So for someone who really needs this type of medication I think everyone needed to look at all sides.

Anonymous

The drug manufacturers spend millions for people to counter any negative claims.

I think I spotted another one.

Markps2

The medications cause brain damage. Tell me what psychosis is? It doesn't exist.
Dr. Nancy C. Andreasen has documented the brain shrinkage and wants more drugs developed. More drugs , always more drugs are needed to help the mentally ill.
"Using Imaging to Look at Changes in the Brain" By CLAUDIA DREIFUS Published: September 15, 2008 nytimes.com

No Alternative

There is a correlation between brain shrinkage and medication but correlation is not causation. Brain shrinkage could also be a side affect of the illness itself.

The scientologist often abuse misunderstanding of statistics. For instants headaches are associated with aspirin usage, so by whitakers rational, they must cause the disease..

A scientologist who claims to have schizophrenia notices he gets delusional without meds, so it must be withdrawal from meds, not schizophrenia. cchr has a huge crop of paid astroturfers to print this claims. The real mentally ill like myself can hardly keep pace with their bullshit as we have real lives to live.

Anonymous

You demand that 'psychosis' be defined and proven then think your claims one doctor is trying to drug the mentally ill excessively and cite...the NY Times.

YOU, SIR, ARE A BUFFOON.

Anonymous

"Did you know each time a person goes off meds, and has recurring psychosis, it is damaging the brain each time. The psychosis causes brain damage...the meds stop this"

Can you cite a source for this? I've never heard it before.

Anon

There are side effects to all drugs, even over the counter ones like Ibuprofen.

When the FDA looks at a drug it weighs the pros against the cons and makes a decision......

But sure, to put it in context Eli Lilly just withdrew their drug Oxiris from the market after failing to prove that it had any sort of positive impact at all.......

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