Talking Back to Prozac
Peter R. Breggin, M.D.,
Bestselling Author of Medication Madness
and Ginger Ross Breggin
With an Information-Packed New Introduction
Prozac. Millions of Americans are on it. And just about everyone else is wondering if they should be on it, too. The claims of the Prozac chorus are enticing: that it can cure everything from depression (the only disorder for which Prozac was originally approved) to fear of public speaking, Pre-Menstrual Syundrome, obesity, shyness, migraine, and back pain—with few or no side effects. But is the reality quite different? And, maybe most important of all – at what price do we buy Prozac-induced euphoria and a shiny new personality?
Psychiatrist Peter Breggin, M.D., and coauthor Ginger Ross Breggin answer these and other crucial questions in Talking Back to Prozac. Starting with what Prozac is and how it works, they take a hard look at the real story behind today’s most controversial drug:
*Prozac was tested in shockingly brief trials before receiving FDA approval
*Prozac’s manufacturer had difficulty proving its effectiveness
*Side effects that the FDA failed to include in its final labeling requirements
*How Prozac acts as a stimulant not unlike such addictive drugs as cocaine and amphetamine
*The dangers of possible Prozac addiction and abuse
*The seriousness and frequency of Prozac’s side effects, including agitation, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, loss of libido, and difficulty reaching orgasm
*The growing evidence that Prozac can cause violence and suicide
*The social and workplace implications of using the drug to change personality and enhance performance
Using dramatic case histories as well as scientific research and carefully documented evidence, the Bregginses expose the potentially damaging effects of Prozac. They also describe the resounding success that has been achieved with more humane alternatives for the treatment of depression. Talking Back to Prozac provides essential information for anyone who takes Prozac or is considering taking it, as well as for those who prescribe it.
Peter R. Breggin, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in Ithaca, New York. He is the author of many scientific articles and more than twenty books, most recently Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications (2008). Many of his cutting edge discoveries on the dangers of psychiatric drugs have been affirmed by recent scientific research and by FDA regulatory actions. He has taught at numerous universities and acts as an expert witness in legal cases involving harm done by psychiatric medication and electroshock.