From Citalopram to Ebixa in 10 years; shopaholics beware!

An article today in the ‘Mail Online’ states “Now a pill that could help cure all you shopaholics

Psychiatrists have tested Ebixa for compulsive shoppers and say it could help curb their devastating spending habit. The drug is Memantine, also known as Ebixa and is made by Lundbeck. Considering it’s a Lundbeck drug, it will come as no surprise that among the listed side-effects here are psychotic-like behaviour, suicide and thoughts of committing suicide. (frequency unknown?) That will surely cure your overspending! The pill is an Alzheimer’s drug but hey, it might just cure you permanently!

“Hours spent shopping per week and money spent shopping both decreased significantly, with no side effects,’ said a team of psychiatrists from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Mail Article.

I thought there was a touch of deja vous here as another ‘Mail Online’ article from 2002 proclaimed “Anti-shopping drug discovered” here. At that time the miracle anti-shopping drug was Lundbeck’s Citalopram. So did Citalopram not take off then? Maybe it was the reports of suicide that came with the drug which turned people off?

A follow up to the Citalopram ‘shopping cure’ in the Mail here, listed 3 compulsive shoppers experiences of Cipramil.

Luke: “To start with, I had mild, bearable stomach cramps. When I finally felt the emotional effects, my spending did stop a bit. I felt I didn’t need that high when I handed over the credit card.”

Christelle: ““But it had a very strange effect on me. I don’t know if this was due to all the other drugs I was on, but it knocked me out, and I could hardly move. So I suppose it did cure me of shopping – I couldn’t get out of the house.”

Anya: “However, I made a mistake when I didn’t cut down on my alcohol. One evening I was enjoying my favourite drink – an alcopop – when suddenly I felt very sick, and very drunk. Worse than this, my libido vanished.”

None of these peoples experiences are very convincing, Anya in particular seemed to be suffering from a side-effect which is only coming to light lately; see Prof. Healy’s “Every Drink Spiked“.

Anyway, does anyone really believe that a pill can sure your shopping addiction?

In 2008 Stanford University did a study on Escitalopram/Lexapro Here to test whether it was effective for “Internet Usage Disorder”…Seriously? In 2007 Stanford Uni also did a study on Lexapro to see if it was effective for Kleptomania here.

A shopping addiction, Internet usage or Kleptomania wont kill you but consuming Citalopram and Escitalopram just might. As one of my new-found friends, who also lost her child to a Citalopram induced suicide said “You’ve got to hand it to them for their brass neck alone.”

Update 31 May 2012.

I had forgotten about this article here where Lexapro/Cipralex was being tested for ‘shyness’. Is there anything Lundbeck don’t test their drugs for? It’s bound to work for something, right? Your shyness may be permanently cured by the suicide ideation though.

2 thoughts on “From Citalopram to Ebixa in 10 years; shopaholics beware!

  1. oh wow! what the hell is it with people? What labeling undesirable undisciplined behavior as ‘psychiatric diseases’ or ‘mental illnesses’ or ‘neurobiological’ diseases’ and using the ‘mental illness’ is like any other type of illness propaganda has sold the idea that it is acceptable to abdicate personal responsibility for behaviors identified as symptoms in psychiatric diagnosis.

    The third testimonial is hilarious! “When suddenly I felt very sick, and very drunk. Worse than this, my libido vanished.” I have to admit, I have never been very drunk, very sick and very horny all at the same time myself! LOL


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