Posted by BJlass on February 16, 2004, at 19:58:52
In reply to Re: Take two and call me in the morning..., posted by leo33 on February 15, 2004, at 22:57:06
I agree wholeheartedly Leo. Manufacturers need to be responsible. When a drug is on the market, it is heavily "marketed" as being safe. The doctor reassures you it's "safe," or "I wouldn't prescribe it if I didn't think it was 'safe.' Sound familiar?
Hey, I felt great (energetic, etc.) when I was on Effexor for a while. Then I started feeling like a zombie. And now I'm wondering if I've done permanent damage. And no one told me about the withdrawal effects.
When "patients" or "consumers" stop questioning, when they "just take their drugs like good little patients," that is when they have decided to act more like a helpless child unable to take care of oneself, and less like a fully informed (though depressed) client. Knowledge and questioning authority is empowerment. And even depressed people can act questions. Yes, and I know the desperation of wanting something badly (a quick fix) to fight off depression.