Antidepressant Drugs Can Cause Chronic Fatigue; CBCD Reviews the Medical Evidence Industry

Industry: Health & Fitness

Antidepressant drugs damage the immune system and cause chronic fatigue. The CBCD explains the link between antidepressants, latent viruses, and fatigue.

New York (PRUnderground) August 4th, 2014

“Infected with the EBV virus? The CBCD recommends taking Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR.” – Greg Bennett, CBCD

The AARP says that Common antidepressants have side effects that can weaken the immune system and cause chronic fatigue. “Fatigue is a common side effect of antidepressant medications, especially during early weeks of treatment.” (1) Dr. Peta OConnell said that “commonly used SSRI antidepressants, which target the uptake of serotonin into neurons, may also affect immune function.” (2) Dr. OConnell is an immunologist at Robarts Research Institute in London. The CBCD points out that this weakening of the immune system, caused by antidepressant drugs can allow latent viral infections with viruses, such as EBV, CMV, HCV, etc., to increase in number and cause a feeling of physical and mental fatigue.

Click to learn more about latent viruses.

The CBCD therefore recommends that Americans who are infected with a latent virus take Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR. The formula of these natural antiviral products was tested by Hanan Polansky and Edan Itzkovitz from the CBCD in two clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines. The studies showed that the Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR formula is effective against latent viruses, such as EBV, CMV, HBV, and many more. The clinical studies were published in the peer reviewed, medical journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy, the first, in a special edition on Advances in Antiviral Drugs. Study authors wrote that, “individuals infected with EBV ( and other latent viruses)…reported a safe decrease in their symptoms following treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR.” (3) The study authors also wrote that “we observed a statistically significant decrease in the severity, duration, and frequency of symptoms.” (3)

Both products can be ordered online on the Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR websites.

Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are natural antiviral dietary supplements. Their formula contains five natural ingredients: Selenium, Camellia Sinesis Extract, Quercetin, Cinnamomum Extract, and Licorice Extract. The first ingredient is a trace element, and the other four are plant extracts. Each ingredient and its dose was chosen through a scientific approach. Scientists at polyDNA, the company that invented and patented the formula, scanned thousands of scientific and medical papers published in various medical and scientific journals, and identified the safest and most effective natural ingredients against latent viruses. To date, Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are the only natural antiviral products on the market with published clinical studies that support their claims.

According to the AARP, antidepressants are also frequently prescribed for anxiety disorders, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, chronic pain, smoking cessation and some hormone-mediated disorders, such as severe menstrual cramps. “Commonly prescribed antidepressants include duloxetine (Cymbalta), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), and venlafaxine (Effexor).” (1)

Individuals can check if their antidepressant drugs cause fatigue by inserting the name of the drug in the search bar located here:

The AARP continues, saying that “Researchers have suggested that antidepressants may cause fatigue through their effect on the brain chemicals called neurotransmitters – chiefly serotonin and norepinephrine – and on hormones. Disruptions in the body’s secretion of the stress hormone cortisol, for example, have been closely linked to fatigue symptoms. Antidepressants can also lower levels of potassium (hypokalemia), which in turn can lead to muscle weakness.” (1)

Additionally, this very same affect on hormones, including serotonin (which is a hormone that can greatly impact one’s mood), also affects the immune system. (2) “In the brain, serotonin transmission between brain neurons is associated with feelings of pleasure, mood, appetite and pain, and the class of antidepressants known as SSRIs keeps serotonin active within the synaptic spaces between neurons, enhancing the chemicals positive effects.” (2) However, dendritic cells, (types of immune cells) that find microbes and foreign material entering the body and educate the immune system on how to fight them, also use serotonin to quickly excite a T-cell (another type of immune cell) response. “Drugs that block serotonin reuptake likely change some of the parameters of T-cell activation.” (2) In other words, antidepressants can change how immune cells work, which makes it more likely that a latent virus will increase in number and cause disease.

What is the link between a weak immune system and fatigue?

According to Dr. Hanan Polansky’s theory of Microcompetition, the decrease in the immune system will increase the number of latent viruses in these patients. One typical virus that infects most people is the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). Research shows that in high concentrations, these viruses cause fatigue. Therefore, the CBCD suggests reducing the numbers of latent viruses in the body to reduce physical and mental fatigue.

Individuals can read more about Dr. Polansky’s theory here:

As a further example, the CBCD points out that suppressing the immune system can also lead to a reactivation of latent viruses in the body. This further weakening of the immune system can allow an infection with a latent virus, such as with EBV, to create conditions favorable to viral reactivation and even more intense feelings of fatigue. In fact, the virus itself is responsible for feelings of “extreme fatigue.” (4)

The CBCD recommends that individuals who take antidepressants also take Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR against the latent viruses in their bodies that can cause fatigue.

To view the entire paper on the Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR formula and fatigue, visit:

Click to learn more about Novirin and latent viruses, or Gene-Eden-VIR and latent viruses.


(1) 9 Types of Medications That Can Lead to Chronic Fatigue. Published on June 12, 2012.

(2) – Robarts Research – Common Antidepressants May Affect Immune System. Published January 24, 2006.

(3) Polansky, H. Itzkovitz, E. Gene-Eden-VIR is Antiviral: Results of a Post marketing clinical study. Published in September 2013.

(4) CDC -Epstein-Barr Virus and Infectious Mononucleosis.


About CBCD

About CBCD

The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease ( is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501(c) 3 of the IRS tax code. The center’s mission is to advance the research on the biology of chronic disease and to accelerate the discovery of a cure for these diseases. The CBCD first published Dr. Hanan Polansky’s highly acclaimed “Purple” book, entitled “Microcompetition with Foreign DNA and the Origin of Chronic Disease” in 2003. In this book, he explains how foreign DNA fragments can cause many major diseases. The book has been read by more than 5,000 scientists around the world, and has been reviewed in more than 20 leading scientific journals. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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