It’s been a while since I wrote anything as I’ve been very busy with my day job.
Happily, others have continued to write – I’ve just read a post over at Seroxat Suffers about Glaxo in New Zealand and the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with Aropax (Seroxat).
According to Glaxo (only in New Zealand, though):
Depression is longer lasting or more severe than the low moods that everyone has from time to time. It is thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in parts of the brain.
AROPAX corrects the chemical imbalance and so helps relieve the symptoms of depression.
Sorry, but I have to throw the gauntlet down to Glaxo on this one… I think in 2012 it’s fair to say that the chemical imbalance story has been discredited completely.
But, Glaxo, if you can tell me what the correct level of Serotonin is in a human brain, then I’ll listen.
If you can measure how much Serotonin I currently have in my brain, then I’ll listen.
If you can then demonstrate how much 20mgs of Seroxat will raise my brain serotonin level by, then I’ll listen.
But the problem is that Glaxo can’t do any of those – the idea of a ‘chemical imbalance’ causing depression – and even the term ‘SSRI’ – was invented by marketing and PR companies, simply to sell a drug.
To use a technical term, it’s complete bollocks.