Want to be a wind up china doll?

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Take Pristiq. Warning: side effects include becoming a fat wind up doll.

Comments

  1. #1 Sari Everna
    November 23, 2009

    Every time I see this commercial, I can’t help but think “will turn you into a robot”. After all, wind-up toys are just a really simple robot.

    And I believe this type of toy is usually painted metal, not china, although I suspect they CGIed the toy so I’m not surprised it looks like china.

  2. #2 MartinRuager
    November 23, 2009

    Is it just me (not being accustomed to commercials about prescription drugs) or isn’t it rather funny that most of the commercial is about all the stuff that can go wrong if you take the mediciation?

  3. #3 Katharine
    November 23, 2009

    That windup china doll is fat?

    What, would you prefer it be anorexic?

  4. #4 Chris H
    November 24, 2009

    @Katharine, weight gain is a side effect of many SSRIs, but the commercial does not show the robot experiencing any of them.

  5. #5 red rabbit
    November 26, 2009

    And then there’s the anorgasmia. My patients LOVE that.

  6. #6 William Wallace
    December 2, 2009

    A friend of mine hypothesizes that the required side effect disclaimers are what sell these drugs.

  7. #7 WMDKitty
    December 9, 2009

    This reminds me of the old Alice Cooper song “Wind Up Toy”….

  8. #8 Mick
    December 13, 2009

    I don’t know about Pristiq, but some other antidepressants can make you emotionally flat … interesting since that also seems to be a symptom of depression. I know that when I was taking Paxil you couldn’t make me get emotional about anything … good or bad … kind of Spock-like.

  9. #9 Tsunami
    April 4, 2010

    This happens all the time. The patent runs out for a drug (in this case, effexor) so they patent the metabolite and market it as a new drug.