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Re: GP benzo prescribing lowers PCT star rating (UK)

Posted by Nickengland on March 24, 2005, at 10:38:13

In reply to GP benzo prescribing lowers PCT star rating (UK) Nickengland, posted by ed_uk on March 21, 2005, at 17:21:45

Hi Ed,

Wow!!...I can't believe all the politics involved with presribing a benzo !!!

It seems that prescribing a benzo can be like a lottery as to regards with if the patient will benefit in the longterm, possible risks of addiction and lastly making the overall problem worse.

I think i will forget the whole idea of trying to get one now, after all I wouldn't want more problems than I already have and sometimes I think its best to take as little medication as possible.

Very interesting what you say about the star ratings and PCT's. What a joke! I've taken venlafaxine before and It is well known that withdrawing from that can be very difficult, (as i discovered) as with some other anti-depressants. Surely Id imagaine coming off of a benzo must be somewhat similar with regards to the pain you suffer...Gps love giving out lots of anti depressants though - ssri's - makes you wonder if they receive more stars for giving out that type of drug! lol.

When I go in my gps room there is so much "merchandise" advertisiing these particular anti depressants, seroxat etc..It seems these particular drug companies have pushed lots of 's and used lots of marketing strategy's to push their drugs forward. It will be interesting to see in the future if these types of drugs in years to come will go down the same path as the benzo's?...Many conspricey theories! lol

All in all though, a pathectic approach with regards to the benzo's in the uk.

I think im going to take the route of seeing if I can get trileptal and gabapentin to help with the anxiety. Which kind of data would be a good idea to show the psychiatrist with regards to going for the trileptal?


I dont think my mind could taking being impaired much more than it already with these drugs so I think I'll rule out topamax.

Im from the south-east, xxx. How about you?


Kind regards,

Nick


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