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Irreversible changes

Posted by Rakken on December 12, 2001, at 17:40:16

Lately I've been very concerned about irriversible changes from medications. I don't know if I've taken any meds that have caused permanent change. But I'd like to get all the info I can. I'm worried about agreeing to try a med, and finding later that it causes irreversible change. I heard that some anti-depressants (if not all) cause irreversible changes to the brain. Stuff like MAOI's and Remeron specifically. Makes me think that the SSRI's must do it too. I know antipsychotics can cause some irreversible changes such as "twitches" among other things. And I know benzos can impair memory. But I don't know if that goes back to normal (is reversible) overtime. I hope to be med free one of these days, and I really need some reassurance or info so that I can avoid messing myself up. Sometimes it seems that one med leads to another and another. And diagnosis keeps changing. Meaning more meds.
Any info on long term irreversible change from meds would be greatly appreciated. Especially stuff on SSRI's, Remeron, MAOI's, benzos, antipsychotics (seroquel, geodon, risperdal,zyprexa), beta-blockers (propranolol), clonidine, stimulants (ritalin, dexedrine, adderall), GABA meds(depakote, neurontin, baclofen), Buspar or anything else I left out.

And is there any irreversible damage from drug withdrawal? Or from those serotonin/dopamine syndromes (I read somewhere Buspar and SSRI's can cause them sometimes)? And in order for meds to cause irreversible changes, do you have to be on a high dose (how high), or on them for a long time (how long)?

I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but I've tried finding info in the area numerous times and I never get a clear answer. The whole thing is adding to more and more stress and anxiety. Sorry about the long post. Thanks for anything.




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