Vanora Posted April 5, 2018 Share Posted April 5, 2018 I want to share this with everyone on the SA forum but in particular with those of you who have made a submission to petition PE01651 currently at the Scottish parliament. Our campaign to raise awareness of Prescription Drug Dependence and Withdrawal has achieved a noteworthy success. Marion Brown together with others have managed to get an article published in the British Medical Journal drawing on the findings of PE01651. Is the BMJ - and the medical profession that it represents - really 'listening to patients' and the public? https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k1408/rr-0 The article outlines how we've been trying to engage with the medical profession and politicians and involved with the British Medical Association Board of Science. The evidence provided in the petition is of "devastating effects on lives, relationships, employment and families". Doctors believe they are prescribing drugs which are "'safe and effective' but which have complex neurological (central and autonomic nervous system) effects", while patient concerns are "disbelieved". The drugs are "killing them quickly or slowly". We mention the Welsh petition led by Stevie Lewis and include responses both from us and our supporters to the recent meta-analysis about antidepressant efficacy. It is our belief that the Royal College of Psychiatrists "is vigorously promoting the drugs whilst downplaying the realities of withdrawal". I think you can say that we are all pretty chuffed! 1979 put on Clomipramine.Failed attempt to withdraw from Clomipramine started on Seroxat 1992.1997 Effexor replaces Seroxat after failed withdrawal.2011 fail to withdraw from Effexor despite combined use of Prozac and Seroquel. Started on Cymbalta.Anxiety not resolved by Cymbalta so taper off by 28th March 2012. Left on 10mg Buspirone and 1 quarter of 5mg Diazepam.Anxiety at times very severe. 19th May take my first half of a 5mg Lamictal. As of 5/11/2013, off all psychiatric drugs. Doing better but hope for more healing yet. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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