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Not so 'happy' pills

When a GP writes out a prescription, you go to the 'Pharmacy' to collect your medicine. Let's take an eye-opening lesson into the real world of today's use of Pharmaceutical drugs, and how far removed we are from true healing. 

 Today, the number of prescriptions for antidepressants (as an example) in England has almost doubled in the past decade!

Data from NHS Digital1 show that 70.9 million prescriptions for antidepressants were given out in 2018, compared with 36 million in 2008.

The number has been steadily increasing year-on-year, with 64.7 million given out in 2016 and 67.5 million prescribed in 2017. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most prescribed type of antidepressant and include:






Now, having personally suffered some seriously disturbing side effects from Fluoxetine and Citalopram, here are just a few of the common side effects reported that most GP's fail to talk about when handing over these mind-altering drugs. 

Common or very common side effects as documented on the NICE website (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)

Anxiety; appetite abnormal; arrhythmias; arthralgia; asthenia; concentration impaired; confusion; constipation; depersonalisation; diarrhoea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; fever; gastrointestinal discomfort; haemorrhage; headache; hyperhidrosis; malaise; memory loss; menstrual cycle irregularities; myalgia; mydriasis; nausea (dose-related); palpitations; paraesthesia; QT interval prolongation; sexual dysfunction; skin reactions; sleep disorders; taste altered; tinnitus; tremor; urinary disorders; visual impairment; vomiting; weight changes; yawning. Now, when we look at natural anti-depressants such as St.John's Wort, the mental health charity Mind states this on their website ''Some research shows that individuals who take St John's wort report fewer, or less adverse, side effects than commonly prescribed antidepressant medications.'' 

Nurture yourself with Nature

Interestingly, the Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Greek pharmakeia "a healing or *harmful* medicine, a healing or poisonous herb; a drug, poisonous potion; magic (potion), dye, raw material for physical or chemical processing."

This is from pharmakeus (fem. pharmakis) "a preparer of drugs, a poisoner, a sorcerer" from pharmakon "a drug, a poison, philter, charm, spell, enchantment." Beekes writes that the original meaning cannot be clearly established, and "The word is clearly Pre-Greek." The ph- was restored 16c. in French, 17c. in English 

Pharmacy - Parmakeia