I’m sorry – run that by me again will you Glaxo…?
When I started taking Seroxat in 1997, I wanted to know how this great new drug worked – it boosts the levels of serotonin in your brain and that’s what makes you stop feeling depressed I was told. It’s a simple chemical imbalance – and the leaflet that came with the tablets told me “Remember you can’t become addicted to Seroxat.”
In 2002 the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) still told us “these tablets are not addictive”, and that withdrawal problems “are not common and not a sign of addiction”.
“Remember you can’t become addicted to Seroxat.” had been dropped completely from the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) by 2003 when GSK said in it “Seroxat is one of a group of medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and works by bringing the levels of serotonin back to normal.”
However by mid 2006 GSK admitted in the PIL “It is not fully understood how Seroxat and other SSRIs work…”
In 2007 the MHRA told us “A variety of factors can contribute to an individual’s predisposition to depression. Although it is believed that depression may be caused by a biochemical imbalance and it is recognised that serotonin plays a role in the development of depression it is considered that there is more than one final common pathway in the aetiology of depression, and we are not aware of an internationally agreed ’proper chemical balance of serotonin in the brain’ that would prevent or reduce the likelihood of experiencing depression.
As the precise role that serotonin plays in depression is still subject to ongoing research we really are not best placed to provide you with a response on this particular issue.”
I’m recapping on all this because in Australia it seems that Glaxo changed its mind yet again…. in Australia, “Aropax (the Aussie name for Seroxat/Paxil) corrects the chemical imbalance and so helps relieve the symptoms of depression. “
Go to Seroxat Sufferers to read some forthright views on this news item…
Go here to find out the shocking new prescribing information (in the UK at least).