Posted by Leighwit on March 1, 2000, at 15:34:43
In reply to Attention all Reboxetine takers:, posted by Stephanie L. on February 24, 2000, at 19:50:23
When I wanted to try Reboxetine, my Pdoc suggested I/we get a second opinon from a psychopharmacologist at a teaching hospital nearby (Rush Presbyterian in Chicago) whom she knew currently had patients on Reboxetine. My Pdoc then ordered it from the same pharmacy in London that the hospital has a relationship with.
I have discontined the Reboxetine after 3 1/2 weeks. But I was impressed with the work of my physician "team" in their willingness to do some research "outside of the box" and their active responsiveness to my individual research, needs and interests as an intelligent, productive, and yet highly depressed patient.
What I think is "unethical" is a Pdoc who treats depressive patients with "cookie cutter" regardless of quality of life and efficacy specifics.
Reboxetine wasn't viable for me. But I am most grateful for the high quality process (which did not in this case require FDA resources) involved in that discovery.
I can't speak for the physicians but I myself have a preference given the choice for FDA approved drugs. It certainly does NOT however, make our collective decision to try Reboxetine worthy of ethical scrutiny from other doctors.
The FDA isn't infallible (I can hear roars of "dah! >g> ) It's merely the best "bet". A collectively educated, expensive, scientific guess.
> And if they are doing it with their doctor, what is the doctor's attitude about working with a drug not yet approved in the US?
> I am eager to try reboxetine, and have a supply from Englant. I want to work with my doctor, since I am on so many medications (5) already for depression.
> Is there some kind of OFFICIAL policy that speaks to this issue of docs working with unapproved drugs?
> I predict that when I bring up my desire to try reb-xetine to my doctor, he will say he can't. I want to educate myself on this issue in advance.
> I posted another message like this a few months ago, but never got any responses. Thought I'd try again.
> Thanks for any input.