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Recently on Psychology Today Blog this was posted by Dr. Edward Shorter stating  "... benzos are among the safest and most effective drug classes in the history of psychopharmacology..."

 

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-everyone-became-depressed/201306/benzo-hysteria

 

What followed were a flurry of over 85 comments from people who have suffered on account of benzo's.  Subsequently Dr. Shorter removed all the comments and disabled the ability to do so, thus ensuring censorship.

 

This petition is being circulated to have the article retracted.  Please take a moment and add your signature.  Presently there are over 320 signatures and the goal is 500.

 

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/psychology-today-retract-the-article-benzo-hysteria?utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

 

Thank you for participating in this cause.

A 20 year history of always a combo of 4 psych drugs sometimes more.  At last I had this awakening thought "These drugs aren't doing me any good."  I listened and at that point made the decision to taper off the last drug cocktail I was on of Celexa, Lamictal, Klonopin and Seroquel which I did in one year.  (Shock and awe.) Drug free May 6/09.  Sure is a slow healing process.

 

"Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go;  it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow."  Alice Mackenzie Swaim 

 

 

Not a doctor ... blah, blah, blah.  Not giving medical advise ... blah, blah, blah

 

 

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Not sure I understand Dr. Healy's position per this statement:

 

In 1988, the Committee on Safety of Medicines warned of withdrawal symptoms and dependence “following therapeutic doses given for SHORT periods of time” (its emphasis) and recommended limiting their use for a maximum of 2-4 weeks for “disabling” anxiety or insomnia. These restrictions remain in effect, forcing British doctors to “write fraudulent prescriptions” in order to adequately treat catatonia patients. (Healy, 2013)

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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Ah, it's always toss-up with those Psychology Today blogs.

 

But these changes are of huge importance. The benzos are among the safest and most effective drug classes in the history of psychopharmacology; the SSRI “antidepressants,” a less effective drug class, elbowed them off the roller rink. This is worth knowing.

 

Why is this so worth knowing?! Is he suggesting there should be more prescribing of benzos for depression and less use of antidepressants? Just when you think the treatment of mental illness couldn't get much more idiotic...

 

The moral of the story is get a Ph.D. so you can have a blog on which you make shaky leaps and bizarre speculations that people will read and respect.

Tapering Zoloft, Dec 2014

Started Lamictal

Re-started Zoloft mid-Oct 2014, 25-50mg

Stopped Zoloft end of Sept 2014

Started Zoloft July 2014, 50mg

Stopped Prozac from 3mg May 2014

Stopped Effexor Dec '13 Started 10mg Prozac

Reinstated Effexor 15mg on Nov 2013

Stopped from 21mg on Oct 2013
Effexor 112.5mg, since Dec 2012

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Not sure I understand Dr. Healy's position per this statement:In 1988, the Committee on Safety of Medicines warned of withdrawal symptoms and dependence “following therapeutic doses given for SHORT periods of time” (its emphasis) and recommended limiting their use for a maximum of 2-4 weeks for “disabling” anxiety or insomnia. These restrictions remain in effect, forcing British doctors to “write fraudulent prescriptions” in order to adequately treat catatonia patients. (Healy, 2013)

 

This article explains what he means. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-everyone-became-depressed/201305/classic-treatment-classic-condition

 

These are the symptoms of catatonia, a diagnosis that goes back to the 1870s and that US psychiatrist Max Fink has recently revived (Fink, 2012). The treatments of choice for catatonia are benzodiazepines (Valium-style drugs) and shock therapy (electroconvulsive therapy, ECT).

 

More Benzo praise

 

The catatonia diagnosis means the return of the benzodiazepines, the only effective treatment for the disorder outside of ECT. For once, science will be driving psychiatry.

 

He's quite happy about the return of both benzos and catatonia. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-everyone-became-depressed/201306/catatonia-lives

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But seriously, why would Benzos help catatonia? Wouldn't they depress the CNS further?

 

Tapering Zoloft, Dec 2014

Started Lamictal

Re-started Zoloft mid-Oct 2014, 25-50mg

Stopped Zoloft end of Sept 2014

Started Zoloft July 2014, 50mg

Stopped Prozac from 3mg May 2014

Stopped Effexor Dec '13 Started 10mg Prozac

Reinstated Effexor 15mg on Nov 2013

Stopped from 21mg on Oct 2013
Effexor 112.5mg, since Dec 2012

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There are 428 signatures at this point, just 72 left to go.  I hope people here will consider adding their signatures.  It's not often we have an opportunity to speak out like this.

A 20 year history of always a combo of 4 psych drugs sometimes more.  At last I had this awakening thought "These drugs aren't doing me any good."  I listened and at that point made the decision to taper off the last drug cocktail I was on of Celexa, Lamictal, Klonopin and Seroquel which I did in one year.  (Shock and awe.) Drug free May 6/09.  Sure is a slow healing process.

 

"Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go;  it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow."  Alice Mackenzie Swaim 

 

 

Not a doctor ... blah, blah, blah.  Not giving medical advise ... blah, blah, blah

 

 

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To be sure, Xanax (alprazolam) remains in 1st place with 47.8 million prescriptions, a position it has held since 1988 (Shorter, 2008). Part of its continued strength is attributable to Upjohn’s aggressive marketing campaign for its use in panic disorder, though it is likely that the benzos as a whole are effective for this indication. Also in the top 10 are Ativan (lorazepam), ranked 4th, and Valium (diazepam), ranked 9th.

Xanax is by far the most common Rx drug of abuse and the easiest Rx rec drug to get a hold of. That he doesn't mention this fact -- to a lesser degree the same is true in the case of Ativan, Valium and Klonopin -- and how it relates to the demand for prescriptions seems a huge omission.

 

Also there is no aggressive campaign marketing Xanax. That's a joke. I've never seen a Xanax add EVER. It's off patent. There is no money going towards pushing Xanax, it's a low margin product for the big guys, relatively...

 

It's hard to take this fella fully seriously.

"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

- Zimmerman

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Again this fella:

 

 

Now, here’s the big news: the prescribing of benzos as a whole has diminished greatly since the heyday of the 1970s. This drug class was the biggest success story in pharmaceutical history before the arrival of the SSRIs. Benzodiazepines were used effectively across the “nervous” spectrum and beyond in the treatment of (non-melancholic) depression and a wide variety of somatic complaints as well as for anxiety.

Uhhhh, wait ... You just said that a benzo is the number one prescription drug in the United States versus every other Rx drug... So I don't think the prescribing of benzos has diminished greatly...

"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

- Zimmerman

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After the late 1980s, the initial decline of this useful drug class was completed with the rise of the SSRIs and the shift of psychiatry from anxiety to depression. By the year 2000, so-called “antidepressants” had overtaken all other drug classes not only in psychiatry but in all of medicine. With the exception of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory analgesics (NSAIDs), antidepressants were prescribed more often than any other drug class. In part industry achieved this by hyping their products as “non-addictive” and free of the troublesome sideeffects of the classic antidepressants.

Gosh I thought that Xanax was the #1 prescribed drug... This guy got me so confused I went and looked up the most prescribed drugs and they are:

1 Hydrocodone (combined with acetaminophen) [NOTE: Is this the NSAID he is referring to? Hydrocodone is not an NSAID it's a narcotic.]

2 Generic Zocor

3 Lisinopril

4 Synthroid

5 Norvasc

6 Azithromycin

7 Prilosec

8 Amoxicillen

9 Generic Glucophage

10 Hydrochlorothiazide

 

So, yea, none of the top 10 drugs are psychiatric medications ...

http://www.webmd.com/news/20110420/the-10-most-prescribed-drugs

 

Abilify and Seroquel are in the top 10 for revenue because they are insanely expensive and most of the recipients are on public healthcare so it's a giant medicaid fraud which is why so many suits have been brought and settled lately on the misreprentation of the AAPs...

 

This guy probably means well but is very poorly informed. C'est le vie.

"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

- Zimmerman

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Just need 2 more signatures to meet our goal of 500.  Thank you everyone who added their signature.

A 20 year history of always a combo of 4 psych drugs sometimes more.  At last I had this awakening thought "These drugs aren't doing me any good."  I listened and at that point made the decision to taper off the last drug cocktail I was on of Celexa, Lamictal, Klonopin and Seroquel which I did in one year.  (Shock and awe.) Drug free May 6/09.  Sure is a slow healing process.

 

"Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go;  it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow."  Alice Mackenzie Swaim 

 

 

Not a doctor ... blah, blah, blah.  Not giving medical advise ... blah, blah, blah

 

 

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Has there ever been a study of the most prescribed type (or class, determined by what they treat) of drug? It would be interesting to see that in relation to profits, advertising and alternate options.

Tapering Zoloft, Dec 2014

Started Lamictal

Re-started Zoloft mid-Oct 2014, 25-50mg

Stopped Zoloft end of Sept 2014

Started Zoloft July 2014, 50mg

Stopped Prozac from 3mg May 2014

Stopped Effexor Dec '13 Started 10mg Prozac

Reinstated Effexor 15mg on Nov 2013

Stopped from 21mg on Oct 2013
Effexor 112.5mg, since Dec 2012

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It's pretty easy to tabulate the classes just by knowing which drug is in which class... More difficult to know what the companies spend on marketing on a per drug basis, maybe that information is in investor relations materials though I have never looked for it.

 

For most drugs there is a non-Rx alternatives, often free ones. For instance, studies find regular moderate exercise is as statistically effective as serotonin uptake disruptors for most cases of clinical depression.

 

Drugs under patent are massively more profitable than generics and every year some blockbuster drug's patent protection expires... Though sometimes a big pharmaceutical company will collude with a generic manufacturer with ownership of a drug's rights to delay production on the generic for a year...

"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

- Zimmerman

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At present there are 539 signatures on this petition and the goal has been bumped up to 1000 by Change.org.  It took 3 days to get to 500.  It's not too late to add your signature in support of this cause.  Thanks.

A 20 year history of always a combo of 4 psych drugs sometimes more.  At last I had this awakening thought "These drugs aren't doing me any good."  I listened and at that point made the decision to taper off the last drug cocktail I was on of Celexa, Lamictal, Klonopin and Seroquel which I did in one year.  (Shock and awe.) Drug free May 6/09.  Sure is a slow healing process.

 

"Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go;  it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow."  Alice Mackenzie Swaim 

 

 

Not a doctor ... blah, blah, blah.  Not giving medical advise ... blah, blah, blah

 

 

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After the late 1980s, the initial decline of this useful drug class was completed with the rise of the SSRIs and the shift of psychiatry from anxiety to depression. By the year 2000, so-called “antidepressants” had overtaken all other drug classes not only in psychiatry but in all of medicine. With the exception of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory analgesics (NSAIDs), antidepressants were prescribed more often than any other drug class. In part industry achieved this by hyping their products as “non-addictive” and free of the troublesome sideeffects of the classic antidepressants.

Gosh I thought that Xanax was the #1 prescribed drug... This guy got me so confused I went and looked up the most prescribed drugs and they are:

1 Hydrocodone (combined with acetaminophen) [NOTE: Is this the NSAID he is referring to? Hydrocodone is not an NSAID it's a narcotic.]

2 Generic Zocor

3 Lisinopril

4 Synthroid

5 Norvasc

6 Azithromycin

7 Prilosec

8 Amoxicillen

9 Generic Glucophage

10 Hydrochlorothiazide

 

So, yea, none of the top 10 drugs are psychiatric medications ...

http://www.webmd.com/news/20110420/the-10-most-prescribed-drugs

 

Abilify and Seroquel are in the top 10 for revenue because they are insanely expensive and most of the recipients are on public healthcare so it's a giant medicaid fraud which is why so many suits have been brought and settled lately on the misreprentation of the AAPs...

 

This guy probably means well but is very poorly informed. C'est le vie.

 

I might argue loosely that all these drug treat the side effects of antidepressants..... pain - thyroid dysfunction- high cholesterol- high blood pressure- diabetic issues are yet to be established but I would not be too surprised to see it as a long term effect... due to weight grain and cravings.  

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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