First, a little bit about this blog.
I want to say here and now that I have absolutely no connection to ANY pharmaceutical company or to the ‘Church’ of Scientology. I want to make this clear from the very beginning.
No one pays me to do what I do. No one tells me what to think or write.
This blog is here because of what happened to me and I believe I have a duty to educate others who might be suffering the same way I did.
If I can help anyone who finds this blog, well, that’s the point – and if I can be a thorn in Glaxo’s side, then so much the better. And don’t get me started on the MHRA and the FDA…
I started to take Seroxat in the Autumn of 1997. My dose was 30mg daily. In May 2004 my Doctor suggested that I reduce that to 20mg daily – this being the new ‘recommended’ dose. As well as thinking about my doctor’s advice, I had started to sense something might be wrong with me – I’d had a lot of gastric problems and had started to have random, violent episodes and I just wasn’t me anymore. Looking back it’s easy to see just how my personality had changed over the years of taking Seroxat – and not for the better.
So, not a problem I thought – reducing the dose might actually be a good thing for me to do.
My wife had told me about TV programmes she’d seen (Panorama) which said that maybe Seroxat wasn’t that good for you after all. Strangely (?!) I’d not seen these programmes or taken notice of any other stories I’d half heard. I just didn’t want to know – I avoided the issue.
I was scared my depression might return, I’d heard that could happen if you stopped taking SSRIs. I also believed what I’d been told about the way Seroxat worked – it was simple – it corrected the serotonin imbalance that I so obviously had. After all, the Patient Information Leaflet told me how safe Seroxat was. It said there was little chance (1 in 500) that I might suffer from side effects. It said don’t worry, you can’t become addicted to Seroxat.
I now know all this was lies.
Unfortunately I had problems with the reduction to 20mgs and things were so terrible I went back up to 30mgs within a week. I felt better as soon as I did this. This was a real shock to me and I started to do a little research on the internet. This was another shock to me – to find a huge community out there who had similar stories to tell… looks like I’ll have to stop it rather than reduce it I decided.
Once I took that decision – to stop Seroxat altogether – I thought it would be easy for me – after all, I stopped smoking with little or no fuss… and… “you can’t become addicted to Seroxat” as my doctor (and the PIL) told me way back in 1997. I was strong – all the people who have trouble with stopping Seroxat were the weak ones…
How wrong could I have been?
I had no idea what was going to happen to me.
No idea at all.
It took me 22 long months to wean off Seroxat and I suffered many mental and physical terrors and traumas. As I write I’m 10 months off Seroxat and my brain and body are STILL trying to adjust to life without it.
I want to share with you what I’ve found out since May 2004. I’ve discovered how dangerous SSRIs can be and how dangerous the big drug companies are – especially GlaxoSmithKline (who make Seroxat).
I think at this point I must mention the drug regulators here in the UK (The MHRA) and the FDA in America. If you’re new to all this you might think they are the kind of organisations that we can trust to keep us safe from nightmare drugs like Seroxat – not the case, I’m afraid.
The public has been let down by them on all too many occasions. I’ve become very cynical since May 2004 and as I’ve learnt more and more and I have to say it looks from here as if the MHRA and The FDA are more concerned with protecting the Pharmaceutical companies than protecting the public.
There’s a lot of money to be made from selling new drugs to the world – a lot of money indeed. It doesn’t seem to matter if the drugs don’t quite work as well as they should or if people can become addicted to them. In the case of Seroxat, Glaxo has simply hidden trial data that shows how dangerous Seroxat really is.
In this Blog I’ll be naming and shaming the guilty and I’ll be telling the truth about Seroxat.
Other SSRIs and SNRIs have their problems, unfortunately for me, Seroxat just happens to be my specialist subject.