A simple enough question

By now I think we all know the wonderful fairy tale about the way Seroxat (and all SSRIs) are supposed to work:

“In the brain there are numerous different chemical compounds called neurotransmitters. These act as chemical messengers between the nerve cells. Serotonin is one such neurotransmitter and has various functions that we know of.

When serotonin is released from nerve cells in the brain it acts to lighten mood. When it is reabsorbed into the nerve cells, it no longer has an effect on mood. It is thought that when depression occurs, there may be a decreased amount of serotonin released from nerve cells in the brain.

SSRIs work by preventing serotonin from being reabsorbed back into the nerve cells in the brain. This helps prolong the mood lightening effect of any released serotonin. In this way, paroxetine helps relieve depression, panic and fear.”

So my simple question is this:

Who can tell me what is the correct level of serotonin that I need to have in my brain?

and also perhaps someone could tell me…

…how much is too little serotonin?

…how much is too much serotonin?

…if I take 30mgs of Seroxat for 7 years what will my serotonin level increase to?

Come on Glaxo – you claim to know what Seroxat does, let’s have the detail – now.

(Thanks to Bob Fiddaman for this wonderful piece of logic)


One Response to “A simple enough question”

  1. Bob Fiddaman Says:

    The MHRA don’t know the answer to this question either!

    See http://fiddaman.blogspot.com/2006_12_06_archive.html


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