Posted by Jen Star on July 19, 2005, at 14:13:10
In reply to Bad (but expected) news about ADs, posted by med_empowered on July 19, 2005, at 13:53:07
I've read this kind of thing, too...and it always worries me. I take Lexapro, and I've read studying showing a really "lame" rate of success (to use a technical word) compared to placebo. I DO believe that big drug companies are extremely powerful and that they DO often fund the studies which show their drugs are safe and effective.
Yet I still have hope that these drugs work. Lexapro seems to work for me. And despite my fears that it's not really good, or that horrible side-effects might be uncovered down the line (like fen/phen & heart issues) -- still I keep taking it. There really DOES seem to be a cause/effect of getting better for me on Lexapro.
If it's all in my head, then I have a powerful head. I'm not being glib -- if my body is able to create such a powerful placebo effect for itself, I think that should be studied and harnessed somehow! I'd love to get better without actually taking a med. Sometimes I wish I could do what the Zen Buddhist monks do. They can medidate and control their heart rates and other body functions. I wish I could know my body well enough to control some of my anxiety responses.
I do believe social support is HUGE. And exercise. That helps me so much. And sometimes I do feel like there is a huge scam being perpetrated by the drug companies. But I keep coming back to the fact that the drugs I take seem to work for me. So it's an uneasy alliance I have with my Lexapro!
Does anyone else feel the same way?