Yes you read that correctly. A new study from McMaster University found an increased death rate in all users of prescription anti-depressants. This is particularly alarming because these drugs are everywhere, with an almost unbelievable estimated rate of 1 in 8 adults in America now taking them. They also found that the increased death rate, a staggering 33% in patients without cardiovascular disease, was less pronounced in patients with cardiovascular disease, possibly because these drugs have a blood thinning effect. They conclude “The results support the hypothesis that ADs (Anti-Depressants) are harmful in the general population but less harmful in cardiovascular patients.” A recent Newsmax report also states “critics suggest that many people taking anti-depressants may not actually need them, with scientific studies showing psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other treatment approaches are as effective as drugs, or more so. But doctors routinely prescribe the pills because of long waiting lists for therapy.”
The FDA has warned for more than a decade that anti-depressant drugs cause an increased risk of suicidal thinking, feeling, and behavior in people under the age of 25. But now a new study from Sweden has correlated increased use of anti-depressants with an increase in “completed” suicides, ie deaths. The researchers conclude “The previous assumptions that treatment with antidepressants would lead to a drastic reduction in suicide rates, are incorrect for the population of young women. On the contrary, it was found that an increasing tendency of completed suicides follow the increased prescription of antidepressants.”
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT PRIOR ANTIBIOTIC USE IMPAIRED SUBSEQUENT IMMUNE CELL FUNCTION IN CHILDREN. They first noticed that amebic colitis, a potentially fatal illness, was more severe in Bangladeshi children who had altered gut bacteria, usually occurring from prior antibiotic use. They then studied the problem in mice and found that antibiotic use impaired the ability of white blood cells to fight infection. The message is to only use antibiotics when they are necessary because their use can actually make subsequent infections worse.
NSAID or Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (EG Motrin, Aleve, Meloxicam) Use Before Rotator Cuff Surgery Increases Failures
Although the general public is generally not aware of it, it is well established in the medical literature that NSAID drugs interfere with healing. For this reason in particular I never use them when I perform reparative surgery where they might compromise the surgical repair. This has been well shown in various animal studies but there have few studies in humans where it has been looked at. However in a new study from Norway the use of NSAIDs before surgery was correlated with a greater chance of failure afterward. This is quite significant in that the drug use did not have to be during the period of healing to impair healing later. The most common drugs in this class are Ibuprofen (motrin, advil), Naproxen (Aleve), and Aspirin over the counter and Diclofenac, Meloxicam and Celebrex by prescription.
A few weeks ago I saw a 90 year old retired doctor, whose physician daughter brought him in, with one completely ruptured Achilles tendon and one partially ruptured. Usually these require significant trauma – which he did not have. What was the cause? In his case the tendon ruptures were the result of his having taken Cipro, a Fluoroquinolone antibiotic for an infection. In fact such tendon injuries, and other complications with use of these antibiotics are relatively common so that the FDA on 7/26/2016 wrote: