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Re: Theory and practice and who knows best Jane D

Posted by Jackster on October 2, 2001, at 4:03:11

In reply to Theory and practice and who knows best Jackster, posted by Jane D on October 2, 2001, at 1:02:01

> > They might be the experts on the THEORY of the medications - but we're the ones actually taking them. How many refused to believe patient's stories of withdrawal symptoms on SSRI's just because it wasn't on the packet insert? Sometimes it takes thousands of people reporting the same symptoms before the drug companies will actually acknowledge a possible side effect.
I think I may have been unclear in who I was referring to when I said that we are the ones taking them. I wasn't referring to just the people on this website, but everyone that is actually taking the medication. I totally agree that a Doctor's experience and training is extremely important, but I also think that they should be open to what the person taking the medication has to say. When I was first prescribed Paxil (4 years ago) I was told there were no withdrawal effects. (According to drug company trials). Now after thousands of patients reporting their experiences to their Doctors, it is well known that Paxil has some of the worst withdrawal symptoms due to it's short half life. When I tried Celexa, I developed a rash. My PDoc told me it can't have been caused by the Celexa because it wasn't listed as a side effect, and then admitted that he'd seen someone else that morning with the same problem on the same drug. I believe that it's a combination of the Doctor's and patient's experience for determining what's best for the individual.

And that's certainly enough ramblings from me on this topic.





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