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Re: News - Antidepressants Vindicated?))SAM

Posted by linkadge on September 13, 2007, at 16:39:59

In reply to Re: News - Antidepressants Vindicated?))SAM jhj, posted by Larry Hoover on September 13, 2007, at 9:16:25

>If placebo pill is able to work as well as ADs >with out any side effect then,why people should >be made suffer from the side effects and >increased risk of suicidal tendancies? Thanks.

Exactly. Placebos do generally work as well as antidepressants to the point where **seriuos** thought goes into strategies to beat the placebo. Also, active placebos work better than placebos. That is why their use is fiercely opposed.

BTW. The logic, "I know I my drug works and thats all that matters" is true, but flawed.

I read an article on just how *shocked* many people are in clinical trials when they find out they have been receving the placebo. They say things like "there must be some mistake". "This can't be, I know I was getting the active drug, I could feel it", and on and on the list goes.

The problem is studies have shown the exact same pattern of bloodflow changes when somebody responds to an AD or a placebo. So, a placebo response is generally going to be impossable to pin down.

So, "I know it works" is not enough. Placebo responders know their drugs work too!!

Linkadge



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