I’ve just been reading David Healy’s new blog and there are a couple of things I think that you really must have a look at.
Firstly, there’s a very personal article about alcohol and SSRIs – here’s a taster:
It’s crazy that patients have to get together on the internet to compare their side effects and discuss their problems because there is nowhere else to go. It has made me look to other people’s experiences for information now regarding drugs as they seem to be more accurate and honest in their findings than companies, regulators or doctors.
I didn’t realize until I came off the medication how bad I was. I feel ashamed and guilty for what I put people through. I have lost my job, had to move home, have a criminal record and lost the respect of family and friends. This could all have been avoided if there had been proper warnings in place and effective communications between different authorities.
I want to tell my story as a warning to anyone who may be craving alcohol on SSRIs. I also want to tell people that sometimes it’s a mistake to leave it to the experts. And finally I want to tell doctors that your patients can often see that the information you are getting is wrong — we don’t blame you for this, we just want you to listen to us.
I have written about alcohol craving in the past and you can read it here.
Secondly, there is a draft paper, Antidepressants for takers – written by Dr. David Healy, Dr. Jo Lenoury and Dr. Dee Mangin.
Here’s what’s covered:
DRUGS AND CHEMICALS
WHAT STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE ON THESE DRUGS?
WHAT DATA UNDERPIN THE USE OF THESE DRUGS?
HAS ANYONE ACCESS TO ALL THE DATA?
WHAT PUBLICATIONS ARE THERE ON THE USE OF THESE DRUGS?
HOW GOOD ARE THE STUDIES?
ARE THERE ANY PROBLEMS IF MY DOCTOR KEEPS TO RECOGNIZED GUIDELINES?
DO ANTIDEPRESSANTS WORK?
WHAT DO ANTIDEPRESSANTS DO?
WHAT OVERALL IMPACT WILL ANTIDEPRESSANTS HAVE ON HOW I FUNCTION?
ARE THE EFFECTS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS DOWN TO PLACEBO?
ACUTE TRIALS & CHRONIC TREATMENT
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE TREATMENT?
ARE THERE ANY PROBLEMS WITH TREATMENT COMBINATIONS?
WHAT WILL GET ME BETTER IF I DON’T TAKE PILLS?
MYTHS ABOUT ANTIDEPRESSANTS
WHAT DO YOU KNOW OF MY PROS & CONS?
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T TAKE TREATMENT?
DO THE PEOPLE IN THE STUDIES OF THESE DRUGS RESEMBLE ME?
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHICH ANTIDEPRESSANT TO GIVE ME?
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO BE ON TREATMENT?
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
THE RISKIEST RISKS
HOW LIKELY ARE LISTED SIDE EFFECTS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS TO HAPPEN?
WHAT UNACKNOWLEDGED RISKS CAN REASONABLY BE SUSPECTED?
PERIODS OF RISK
DO ANTIDEPRESSANTS CAUSE PROBLEMS?
That’s Antidepressants for takers – if you ask me it sums up Seroxat Secrets in 15 pages!