If you shop on Amazon or many other online sites you will be able to read reviews of a product before you purchase. These reviews are usually written by other consumers like yourself who have bought and used the product. Their comments give you information you can use to make an informed decision.
So where do you go to get the same type of reviews for prescription drugs?
The commercials or magazine ads were written by the drug company. They are selling the drug so they will paint the rosiest possible picture. Articles about the drugs on news sites are suspect because of the huge clout drug companies have due to their enormous advertising budgets. (You aren't going to say nasty things about one of your biggest advertisers.)
You could go to the FDA website and hunt around for data but that's not necessarily easy to do.
Until now it's been tough for consumers to get the facts on prescription drugs, but not anymore. Now you can check out the facts about psychiatric drugs by going to the Psychiatric Drug Side Effect Search Engine, an easy-to-use website that will tell you the other side of the story.
When you go to the site check out the two videos linked to in the top left corner of the page. They tell you what the search engine is and how to use it.
Don't be fooled by the marketing, the glossy ads and the drug company funded research. Get the facts.