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Re: weight gain/pharmaceutical research

Posted by Elizabeth on August 11, 1999, at 13:40:44

In reply to weight gain/pharmaceutical research, posted by Julie on August 9, 1999, at 11:00:25

> Re why drug companies don't seem to be doing research on SSRI weight gain (or magazines, etc. publishing on it): I wonder how a pharmaceutical company decides to do research on something. Do they take suggestions? For a while SSRIs were the newest game in town and had this miracle drug reputation; now that lots of new post-ssri antidepressants are coming on the market, maybe these companies won't feel so smug? (Then again, I assume the same companies who make SSRIs are making the new stuff: Wyeth, Glaxo, Pfizer, etc-)

Wellbutrin [Glaxo Wellcome] isn't really a post-SSRI - it was first approved in '85 (then "disapproved" for a few years because of the seizure thingie).

But anyway, there was a study published just this month on weight gain with an SSRI (Prozac).

(You're not going to like their conclusions, though.)

Probably part of the reason that they haven't looked into this more is that it's a long-term side effect and long-term studies are hard to do.




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