Paroxetine may Cause Breast Cancer

Paroxetine was introduced to reduce hot flashes and the risk of breast cancer in women. Paradoxically, an alarming side effect has now been found - breast cancer. Learn about natural remedies for hot flashes that are much safer than Paroxetine.

What We Know About Breast Cancer

Estrogen is known to be a factor in around 70% of all breast cancers and has been shown to contribute to the growth of breast tumors. Recently researchers have found that the FDA approved drug paroxetine (marketed as Brisdelle) has an estrogenic effect.

Paroxetine is the active ingredient in Paxil and Paxeve which are widely prescribed to counter the symptoms of menopause and can be used as an antidepressant. It was promoted as a non-hormonal alternative to synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Unfortunately, synthetic hormone therapy has been found to increase the risk of breast cancer and heart disease

The SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant drug is most commonly prescribed to women in their 40s and 50s and sadly, this is the age group of women who are most at risk of developing breast cancer. Clinical depression affects twice as many women as men; and an estimated one in four women in their 40s and 50s are prescribed antidepressants.

The known side effects of paroxetine to date include violent outbursts that can be suicidal or homicidal.

Other chemicals that have a similar estrogenic effect include bisphenol A (BPA) which is commonly found in plastics, credit card receipts and in the lining of canned foods.

The Dangers of SSRIs

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are widely used to treat depression as they purportedly have fewer adverse side effects than other types of antidepressants. SSRIs are also used to treat anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, phobias, bulimia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

SSRIs work by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain which is generally thought to have a positive effect upon mood and emotions. However, SSRIs can be highly addictive and most people find it difficult to come off them.

While under testing, paroxetine was found to have severe side effects that appeared to outweigh their minor benefits. The Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee voted against approval of paroxetine, but their opposition was ignored.

A long-term study is needed to assess the problems and safety of the drug paroxetine, but there appears to be a link between increased incidence of antidepressant use and increased rates of breast cancer.

Natural Protection Against Cancer

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, there are over 800 medical references testifying that vitamin D appears to provide natural protection from cancer. More recent studies published in Anticancer Research 2014 showed that patients diagnosed with breast cancer who had high levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to survive as those with lower levels. Evidence shows that vitamin D blood levels need to be above 60 to be active as a barrier against cancer and other health problems.

Until evidence shows anything different, perhaps it's wise to replace paroxetine with a natural bio-identical estriol, one of the three main estrogens produced by the human body; and boost vitamin D intake to increase blood levels above 60 to help reduce the chances of illness.

Finally, look for health supplements that can provide natural remedies for hot flashes. 

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