The down side of Prozac…… loss of sex drive, sleeplessnss, anxiety, nervousness…


I was listening to a Radio Doc on the way home from church last night.  He was talking about Prozac and other antidepressants, and was commenting on some of the side effects.   The Doc went on to say that the number one class of drugs sold in the US was antibiotics.  The number two class of drugs was antidepressants.   Most of my clients have complications from both antibiotics and antidepressants, so he had my attention.  Not liking drugs of any kind, I listened intently.  I did some research when I got home, and then did more research today.  Here are some of my findings.

The side effects of Prozac could be any number of things, however the most concerning are: Anxiety, nervousness, increase of appetite, loss of libido.   If anything is going to make me depressed, it is this list of side effects.   Other side effects are tics and motor dyskinesia.  Again, who wants this?  The ticks can be as minor as an eyelid twitching, or can be as major as in the tongue darting in and out of the mouth, much like a lizard…

I have included a link below, so you can get the full story.  Many of my clients have family members who are on antidepressants.  Just because Prozac is mentioned in this essay, don’t think that the other drugs of this same class do not have these side effects.  It would be horrifying to me if my family members were exhibiting these types of problems.  I am sure it is horrifying to you as well.

There is no easy answer or remedy for depression.  Not from the medical perspective, nor the holistic one.  However, the replenishment of nutrients will not cause the client to be MORE anxious or  MORE nervous.   They will not INCREASE appetite, and therefore possibly creating a weight issue.  What could be more depressing than that?

There is a phenomenon called the ‘Prozac Divorce.’   As mentioned earlier, one of the side effects is loss of sex drive.  The Radio Doc explained that along with this loss of libido, the other unintended side effects of nervousness and anxiety troubled the un-medicated spouse so much, that divorce was the only option.   Just how could depression become any worse?

These drugs are not a panacea for depression.   In fact, they can make a depressed person more unwell.  Please consider all the information when making health care decisions for yourselves and your loved ones.

http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/g/glenmullen-prozac.html

Until next time,

Dr. Polly

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About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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3 Responses to The down side of Prozac…… loss of sex drive, sleeplessnss, anxiety, nervousness…

  1. Carole Covey says:

    Prozac gave me migraines! The longer Obama is in office, the more people will be needing anti-depressants. I’m on Wellbutrin with none of those side-effects. I’m not a fan of pills either but when you need them, you need them! Not to push Wellbutrin, but it has worked really well for me for 5+years and expect to take them until BO is gone, and pray it’s NOT Hillary next!

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