The depressing truth in advertising

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The side-effects for a product designed to prevent hair loss, is hair loss. If that’s not bad enough, how about this advertisement for depression? The side effects include suicidal tendencies. The ad says, ‘Depression can take so much out of you.’ Then it says that ‘Pristiq is a prescription medication proven to treat depression.’

The ad states that the ‘side effects may include nausea, dizziness, and sweating.’ That could be bearable, until one reads the fine print which states: ‘Antidepressants increased the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behaviour (suicidality) in children, teens, and young adults. Depression and certain other psychiatric disorders are themselves associated with increases in the risk of suicide. Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior.’

Indeed, it is important to disclose all the side effects for clinical reasons. Yet, one wonders if such warnings are not placed there for legal reasons, beyond the legal obligations. I could imagine all sorts of companies choosing to state the worst, or even fabricating the worst, on purpose, knowing that hardly anyone reads the fine print, and those who do, might be desperate enough to try anything. Also, the public has become immune to bad news of this kind. It’s like the health warnings on packets of cigarettes. The public has grown accustomed to wild warnings. It seems that nothing will shock. So, with that in mind, and to prevent legal action by a litigious society, I wonder if manufacturers will now make up, or exaggerate, side effects, just so that they can proclaim, ‘We told you so!’
By the way, if you are interested in hair loss treatments, and if you have anything to do with Sam Cohen or IHRB, be sure to read this dedicated site ( so that you do not waste your money. Sam and IHRB are so clever, you will kick yourself if you are stupid enough to part with your money.

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