I normalized all the data, then took the weighted average of all three sites. I obtained a unified opinion of patients’ favorite and least favorite antidepressants. This doesn’t surprise me at all. Oh, nobody will prescribe them, because of the dynamic discussed here, but in their hearts they know it’s true. Likewise, I feel pretty good to see that Serzone, which I recently defended, is number five. I’ve had terrible luck with Viibryd, and it just seems to make people taking it more annoying, which is not a listed side effect but which I swear has happened. This is, I think, a good list.
Which is too bad, because it makes the next part that much more terrifying. There is a sixth major Internet database of drug ratings. Spoiler: this is going to seem really ironic in about thirty seconds. So patients pretty much agree on which drugs are good and which are bad? The negative relationship is nonsignificant, but that just means that at best, doctor reviews are totally uncorrelated with patient consensus. This has an obvious but very disturbing corollary. I couldn’t get good numbers on how times each of the antidepressants on my list were prescribed, because the information I’ve seen only gives prescription numbers for a few top-selling drugs, plus we’ve got the same problem of not being able to distinguish depression prescriptions from anxiety prescriptions from psychosis prescriptions.
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