Sexual Dysfunction Enduring After Treatment Halts: s-DEATH

Editorial note: This post is copied from RxISK Stories where there will be 5 posts this week on aspects of Enduring Sexual Dysfunction after treatment, covering the issues below.  Wikipedia Stumbles and Falls Wikipedia used to host a valued page on Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD). On January 27th this was taken down.  A Post-Finasteride Syndrome page has also been taken down. On … [Read more...]

Guilty

Days of Reckoning? A little over a year ago, there was consternation in psychiatric circles as a French psychiatrist, Daniele Canarelli was found guilty after her patient hacked a man to death. She had not recogized the hazard he posed. Doctors didn't like the implications they saw. In a series of lectures I have raised the question as to how long it might be before a doctors would be found … [Read more...]

Go Ask Alice

Editorial Note: RxISK is all about people discovering things for themselves and alerting others to something that can make a real difference. There have been some wonderful examples outlined in posts here on RxISK from Anne-Marie Kelly’s discovery of a cure for Alcoholism – stop your SSRI and perhaps try a serotonin-3 antagonist like mianserin or ondansetron – to Samantha Dearnaley’s discovery … [Read more...]

Left Hanging: Suicide in Bridgend

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The Figures In the England and Wales there are roughly 5000 suicides in roughly 60 million people per year. This would until recently have led to around 2000 hangings per year, 34 hangings per million people per year, 3.5 per 100,000 people per year. Bridgend in South Wales has a population of 40,000. The greater Bridgend area has a population of 130,000. There should be 18 hangings per … [Read more...]

RxISK STORIES: If you’re going to look after patients, Man up

Pharmalot has just posted a piece - 'Controversial FDA official, Tom Laughren, retires.' This is a must read for anyone with anything to do with mental health - both the post and the comments afterwards where some have posted that they still believe the Black Box warnings on antidepressants arose because of pressure from the Church of Scientology rather than in response to the data. Despite … [Read more...]

RxISK Stories: Listening to Parents

Anonymous When you lose a child or a partner from a rare illness, everyone is supportive, no-one denies you. They listen. But if a child dies from suicide or a complication of treatment with a drug especially a psychotropic drug no-one listens. Our culture has no place for this kind of death. They say maybe it’s for the best. He’d never have been able to face the life he’d have had - something … [Read more...]

RxISK Stories: Night of the Living Cymbalta – B’s story

This blog post has first been published on the RxISK.org website. If you would like to comment on this post, please do so using this link. I myself had been on and off a long series of antidepressants, but never had really dramatic withdrawal symptoms until I stopped the SNRI inhibitor Cymbalta. It started when I tried to step down from 120 mg per day, back to the standard 60 mg dose. From … [Read more...]

RxISK Stories: Cora’s story – a benzodiazepine story

This blog post has first been published on the RxISK.org website. If you would like to comment on this post, please do so using this link. In RxISK Stories, we regularly take you to dark places where few would wish to go. We have perhaps become too used to the horrific consequences of medicines going wrong that we fail to appreciate how off-putting this sequence of posts can be. It is like a … [Read more...]

RxISK Stories: Gambling on the side effects of antidepressants – does Pfizer play dice?

This piece by Daniel O'Sullivan was first posted on Crikey.com. Our interest was stimulated by a query to RxISK from Daniel who had been told by the Australian regulator (the TGA) that they only had one report of this. Looking for gambling in RxISK, gives 1 case in Australia, but 4 cases of pathological gambling - more than from all the rest of the world combined, and 8 cases of impulsive … [Read more...]

RxISK Stories: Weight gain on thyroxine

This blog post has first been published on the RxISK.org website. If you would like to comment on this post, please do so using this link. If there is one thing most doctors think they know its that weight gain can be caused by an underactive thyroid and having an overactive thyroid leads to weight loss. So the thyroid hormone, thyroxine, will lead to weight loss. And magazines, newspapers and … [Read more...]

RxISK Stories: Smoke & Pfizer get in your eyes

This blog post has first been published on the RxISK.org website. If you would like to comment on this post, please do so using this link. On March 15, Out of My Mind was published on davidhealy.org. This was one of the first RxISK stories. At the moment it is the blog post that has attracted the most comments. The comments are worth reading - there is close to universal recognition of … [Read more...]

RxISK Stories: The Myth of the Magic Bullet – Flox Tox

This blog post has first been published on the RxISK.org website. If you would like to comment on this post, please do so using this link. In July this year, Antimicrobrial Agents & Chemotherapy had an article - Fluoxetine is a Potent Inhibitor of Coxsackievirus Replication by Zuo J, Quinn KK and colleagues. "No antiviral drugs currently exist for the treatment of enterovirus infections, … [Read more...]

RxISK Stories – Facts about FACS

This blog post has first been published on the RxISK.org website. If you would like to comment on this post, please do so using this link. Janet's Story I was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 14. After trying different drugs my seizures were controlled by a combination of Phenytoin (Epanutin) and Sodium Valproate (Epilim). What they didn’t tell me was that Sodium Valproate carried the … [Read more...]

RxISK Stories – Azathioprine withdrawal

This post was written by Ken Spriggs and comes from his DIYEHR (do it yourself electronic health record) site, and has first been published on the RxISK.org website. If you would like to comment on this post, please do so using this link. It brings out nicely how some people are only aware of the problems their drug causes when they stop. This is particularly true for people taking statins, but … [Read more...]

What would Batman do now?

Johanna Ryan in her post Dependence Day points to serious problems linked to psychotropic drug use in the military and what seem to be recent alarming developments, but there is a 60 year history here. In the 1950s, the VA hospital system commissioned Norman Farberow to look at rising rates of suicides among veterans. He studied veterans hospitalized for either medical or psychiatric conditions … [Read more...]