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Re: to play the devil`s advocate

Posted by Paul Smith on April 26, 2005, at 14:25:45

In reply to Re: to play the devil`s advocate, posted by PM80 on April 26, 2005, at 8:03:45

<< I'm going to play the devil's devil's advocate here. Admittedly, many docs overprescribe drugs and patients look up to and trust these docs, but ultimately it is the patient who takes the drugs. One cannot expect a pill to just make all their problems go away. If someone starts taking a med and gets side effects worse than the condition the pill is supposed to treat; the person should stop taking the pill. At that point, it is less the doc's fault and far more>>
the patient's fault.

I respectfully disagree wholeheartedly. The fact that benzos can often cause drug induced highly severe anxiety as well as visual and motor disturbances long term, for months, even years, is documented in the medical literature and through several studies, even with slow tapering off. Even the American Psychiatric Association admits this in the DSM, so any doc that does not warn of the very real possibility of this consequence is guilty of negligence. The responsibility lies with them and the drug companies, not the patient. As the patient should not be harmed and should be put in a position to make an informed decision. Mine would have been to have rejected my first Xanax script, much less have taken them long term with doctor approval and no real warnings. Most never knew drugs with such capabilities existed, much less would be FDA approved. Am stuck for now though, withdrawals too long term and torturous, and I did not have any of those symptoms prior. I know what caused it and know whose fault it is. Am not playing "the devil`s advocate" now but telling the truth, a truth I will stand by to my last day. I am re-instated on the meds now, most of the withdrawals subsided, future uncertain, but will not give up hope.

P.S. Take a benzo daily for a few years, feel some tolerance withdrawals then just stop taking them as you suggest. See what happens. If you are one of the many unlucky ones you`ll think you died and went to hell, literally, and you may see several seasons change in that shape.




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