RxISK Stories

Drugs and Smell: Smells of SHIT

June 22 2015 | 3 comments

  Medication can mess up your sense of Smell.  This post links to the Magna Farta post on david healy, which tells the story of Zicam and Matrixx Pharmaceuticals.  For anyone interested in adverse events, this is one of the … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antibiotics, anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, antipsychotics, contraceptives, Evidence, Fluoroquinolones, osteoporosis, RxISK Stories, Sex, weight loss/gain

DRESS Syndrome: No Way to Treat a Lady

June 15 2015 | 7 comments

Black Out Five minutes into yoga class, my sixteen year old daughter Hannah blacked out. Her face, white as a ghost. When she came to, she said she couldn’t see. Her pulse was almost nothing, and panic set in. I … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antibiotics, anticonvulsants, doctor patient, RxISK Stories

Because Veterans Are Worth It

June 08 2015 | 5 comments

Editorial Note from Johanna Ryan: Cesar Ruvalcaba is a veteran of the U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division, and served in Somalia in the early 1990’s.   He’s now a dedicated antiwar activist and a member of Vietnam Veterans Against War (VVAW).  … [Read More…]

Filed Under: anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, antipsychotics, RxISK Stories, violence, weight loss/gain

The Year of my Life that was Stolen

May 19 2015 | 9 comments

This post is by Katinka Blackford-Newman, who can be seen here running a half-marathon to raise money for RxISK but who also since the events described here has been involved in several criminal trials, believing that it is important that … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, antipsychotics, RxISK Stories, Suicide, violence, weight loss/gain, withdrawal

The Once and Future Abilify: Depot Injections for Everyone?

May 11 2015 | 3 comments

Johanna Ryan, RxISK.org, May 9, 2015 This column is partly a report on the marketing of Abilify, the atypical antipsychotic that has become America’s best-selling drug.   It’s also an appeal for advice and feedback from the RxISK and Mad in … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antipsychotics, RxISK Stories

Abilify, Tourette Syndrome and You

May 04 2015 | 3 comments

Editorial Note:  This post follows on from one of the most compelling RxISK stories ever – Abilify, Tourette Syndrome and Me, posted last week. It comes in two parts. The first by last week’s author and the second by the … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antipsychotics, doctor patient, RxISK Stories

Abilify, Tourette Syndrome and Me

April 27 2015 | 3 comments

Editorial Note:  This post is by DG.  Its number three in the Abilify series, following Dodging Abilify and Abilify: From the Inside Out.   I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS) as a child.  It was always manageable.  I did … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antipsychotics, doctor patient, RxISK Stories, Suicide, withdrawal

Abilify from the Inside Out

April 20 2015 | 9 comments

Editorial Note:  This is part 2 of Johanna Ryan’s series that started with Dodging Abilify.  Parts 3 and 4 and perhaps 5 will appear over the next few weeks.  Abilify is at present the best-selling drug in North America – … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, antipsychotics, RxISK Stories, stimulants, Suicide, violence, weight loss/gain, withdrawal

Dodging Abilify

April 14 2015 | 26 comments

Editorial Note:  This post is by Johanna Ryan, who has a unique ability to capture the American Nightmare  The best-selling drug in the United States isn’t a blood pressure pill, a painkiller or even an antidepressant.  It’s Abilify, an antipsychotic … [Read More…]

Filed Under: anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, antipsychotics, doctor patient, RxISK Stories, Suicide, violence, weight loss/gain

Becoming Suicidal on an Antibiotic

April 11 2015 | 5 comments

Editorial Note: The last post on Lariam and suicide mentioned an alternate treatment for malaria prophylaxis – doxycycline. Doxycycline is not without its problems,  It can cause suicide – Suicide is Painless.  It and other tetracycline antibiotics can also cause … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antibiotics, RxISK Stories, Suicide, violence

Antibiotics: Suicide & Psychosis

April 06 2015 | Leave a comment

Editorial Note:  This is the transcript of a program broadcast as The Lariam Legacy on BBC Radio on March 31 2015.  The narrator is Victoria Derbyshire.  The featured drug is the anti-microbial Lariam, mefloquine.  Mefloquine is closely related to the Fluoroquinolone’s … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antibiotics, Fluoroquinolones, memory, RxISK Stories, Suicide, violence

Pilots and Antidepressants

March 30 2015 | 11 comments

  Editorial Note:  This post is by Julie Wood the central figure behind SSRI Stories in its current incarnation. SSRI Stories has collected and posted 47 stories about pilots flying and crashing while on antidepressants. The majority are airplanes but several … [Read More…]

Filed Under: anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, benzodiazepines, RxISK Stories, Suicide, violence

An Irish Epidemic: Suicide and Homicide on Antidepressants

March 17 2015 | 18 comments

Editorial Note:  This post is by Leonie Fennel.  See Here for  more. Ireland is currently in the midst of an unprecedented suicide/homicide epidemic. Parents are uncharacteristically killing their children; husbands are killing their wives; brothers are killing their brothers; mothers … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Suicide, violence

We should talk about Brintellix: antidepressants and suicide

March 09 2015 | 14 comments

  My father was born in 1955.  He is medium height, loves his family, fishing and hunting. In 1980 he came to America with his wife and two children to pursue a better life. In the 1980s he would say … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, doctor patient, RxISK Stories, Suicide, withdrawal

Antidepressant Withdrawal: A Prozac Story

March 02 2015 | 42 comments

  Editorial Note: Over two years ago we posted Antidepressant Withdrawal: V’s story.  It has close to 100 comments making it one of the topics that has attracted the most interest.  Right now the New York Times is running a … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Suicide, withdrawal

His Chemicals, My Imbalance: A Story about Love

February 24 2015 | 10 comments

Editorial Note: This is a post by the partner of someone going through the persistent sexual dysfunction isotretinoin can cause.  See Post-Isotretinoin Sexual Syndrome. It could be caused by an SSRI or it could be caused by finasteride.  It could … [Read More…]

Filed Under: RxISK Stories, Sex, withdrawal

Doctors Writing Scary Scripts… Saving Grace

February 16 2015 | 10 comments

By Joanna Le Noury Saving Grace is the latest romantic novel by Jane Green.  It tells the story of the perfect life of the beautiful, elegant Grace Chapman, married for 25 years to the very successful and respected author, Ted. … [Read More…]

Filed Under: doctor patient, RxISK Stories

Dopamine & Addiction: Junkies of the Third Age?

February 09 2015 | 15 comments

The last set of posts have brought stimulants and dopamine into the frame.  In the 1960s and 1970s while stimulants were becoming controlled drugs it was nevertheless denied that they caused dependence. It is now clear that the closely related … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, Dopamine Agonists, RxISK Stories, stimulants, withdrawal

A Blast from the Past:  Amphetamines for Weight Loss

February 02 2015 | 4 comments

Author: Johanna Ryan The story below, a first-person account of life on (and off) amphetamine “diet pills,” was written over forty years ago.  It couldn’t be more relevant.   Under the cover of a public-health crusade against obesity, drug companies are … [Read More…]

Filed Under: RxISK Stories, stimulants, weight loss/gain

The Show Ain’t Over Till the Fat Lady Sings

January 26 2015 | Leave a comment

Editorial Note:  This post is by Johanna Ryan. As 2015 dawns, the specter of Corporate Personhood, sanctified by trade treaties which put patents and profits above the needs of us humans, seems to be drawing ever closer.   Our latest wake-up … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Data Based Medicine, doctor patient, pain-killers, RxISK Stories, stimulants, weight loss/gain

The Destruction Statins leave after Them

January 19 2015 | 9 comments

Editorial Note: This post is taken with permission from an article authored by Hazel Summers that first  appeared in Canyon News – The Secret Danger of Statin Drugs, on December 28th. Moyra Peyralta, who wrote one of the key RxISK … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Data Based Medicine, doctor patient, memory, RxISK Stories, Statins

Over The Top: Tackling Medical Power

January 13 2015 | 1 comment

Editorial Note:  Laurie Oakley has recently brought out a book, Crazy and it Was, that gives many vivid illustrations of the problems of coping with healthcare systems, especially mental healthcare systems.  Her account of what its like to deal with … [Read More…]

Filed Under: anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, benzodiazepines, doctor patient, RxISK Stories, Suicide, withdrawal

The Mysteries of Love

January 05 2015 | 21 comments

RxISK has had twenty-two stories and features on sex and drugs over the last two years – more than on any other topic.  While we have a Sex Zone on the RxISK front page because we -thought the topic might … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, doctor patient, RxISK Stories, Sex, withdrawal Tags:

Sex Zone Posts

January 05 2015 | Leave a comment

Sex Zone The posts on RxISK fall under three headings – Sex and Drugs, PSSD and Pink Viagra. Sex and Drugs Asexuality: A Curious Parallel Addicted to sex: Venus in lycra The sexual heatmap Could your meds affect your sex … [Read More…]

Filed Under: anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, antipsychotics, contraceptives, doctor patient, Dopamine Agonists, RxISK Stories, Sex

Massacre of Innocence

December 30 2014 | 3 comments

Paradise Lost Any post about pregnancy pulls in more than the average amount of complexity.  We had a series of posts on the risks of antidepressants in pregnancy at the end of last year The Dark is for Mushrooms, not … [Read More…]

Filed Under: anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, cardiac, doctor patient, pregnancy, RxISK Stories, Suicide, withdrawal

Massacre of the Innocents

December 23 2014 | 4 comments

Editorial Note: This post is by Adam Urato.  There are other Adam Urato posts on RxISK (See HERE and HERE), about the use of antidepressants in pregnancy and by women of child-bearing years.  This post appeared first on Mad in … [Read More…]

Filed Under: anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, cardiac, Data Based Medicine, doctor patient, pregnancy, RxISK Stories, withdrawal

Better to Die RxISKing it 2

December 18 2014 | Leave a comment

Editorial Note:  This post continues from Better to Die RxISKing it.  This plea for a Peoples’ Movement with those suffering adverse effects on drugs reporting them was the substance of a talk given a month ago to the International Society … [Read More…]

Filed Under: anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, cardiac, contraceptives, Data Based Medicine, diabetes, doctor patient, Dopamine Agonists, Fluoroquinolones, osteoporosis, RxISK Stories, Sex, Statins, Suicide, violence, withdrawal

Better to Die RxISKing it

December 15 2014 | 7 comments

Editorial Note:  This post continues from last week’s Persecution of Heretics.  Its about how only a Popular Movement with those suffering adverse effects on drugs speaking up can save us now.   It adapts a talk given a month ago … [Read More…]

Filed Under: anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, Data Based Medicine, doctor patient, Dopamine Agonists, osteoporosis, pregnancy, RxISK Stories, Sex, Statins, Suicide, violence, withdrawal

The Persecution of Heretics

December 10 2014 | 4 comments

Editorial Note:  For the past two months while there have been a series of authors on RxISK posts, David Healy has run a Persecution of Heretics series on davidhealy.org.  The heresy is that drugs come with side effects – that … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antibiotics, anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, contraceptives, Data Based Medicine, diabetes, doctor patient, Dopamine Agonists, Fluoroquinolones, pregnancy, RxISK Stories, Sex, Statins, Suicide, violence, withdrawal

Pink Viagra or Pink Elephant?

December 01 2014 | 3 comments

On October 27 – 28 the FDA held a “Patient Focused Drug Development Meeting” on the issue of Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD).  It’s one of about of a dozen such meetings they’re hosting over the next two years in what’s … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Sex

Rethink at Rethink?

November 26 2014 | 10 comments

Editorial Note:  This post from James Bennett of RxISK’s team explores the increasingly problematic area of sexual functioning on antidepressants and other drugs.  We will have a further post next week on some leads in treating PSSD. The efforts to … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Sex

The Tooth Fairy

November 20 2014 | 6 comments

Editorial note:  While many people in the UK make it a point of honor to say they never read The Mail, when it comes to its health and femail pages The Mail can be quite astonishing.  For some of us … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, Data Based Medicine, RxISK Stories

If Anxious Check Drugs: PPIs and Diuretics

November 10 2014 | 2 comments

Editorial Note:  One of us had a very successful colleague who over time became more and more anxious and sought advice.  It was difficult to see why this person should become anxious suggesting there was a physical factor involved.  Repeated … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Data Based Medicine, doctor patient, RxISK Stories

Asexuality: A Curious Parallel

October 28 2014 | 59 comments

Editorial Note:  This post is by James Bennett who is organizing RxISK research on PSSD. In the last two decades there has been an explosion in the number of children being prescribed a range of drugs including antidepressants, antipsychotics and … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Sex

Life on Drugs

October 20 2014 | 12 comments

Editorial Note: This extraordinary account of what it can be like to live on psychotropic drugs came by email out of the blue from Jim Seko. For the record, it looks from here that Jim cannot have had schizophrenia. His … [Read More…]

Filed Under: anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, antipsychotics, RxISK Stories, Sex, Suicide, violence, withdrawal

Chantix and Violence

October 12 2014 | 4 comments

Editorial Note: On October 16, there is an FDA hearing about Chantix and violence which is widely expected to feature an effort by Pfizer to roll back the warnings on the drug. One of the fascinating things about the Chantix … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Data Based Medicine, doctor patient, RxISK Stories, Suicide, violence, withdrawal

Medicines are not just a commodity

October 06 2014 | 3 comments

Editorial Note: This is not a RxISK Story – its about preventing RxISK Stories. Those who read RxISK Stories are well aware of the economic might of the pharmaceutical industry (and the medical device industry) and their growing political clout … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antibiotics, anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, antipsychotics, contraceptives, Data Based Medicine, diabetes, doctor patient, Dopamine Agonists, Fluoroquinolones, osteoporosis, RxISK Stories, Statins, Suicide, violence, withdrawal

Femininity and Drugs?

September 30 2014 | 7 comments

Just as the concepts of Recovery, Citizen Scientists and pretty well everything else can be captured by pharmaceutical industry, so also feminism and claims of sexism are now being hijacked by industry as marketing tools. FDA are accused of being … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Sex

When is a Drug Guilty?

September 24 2014 | 16 comments

Editorial Note: We desperately need you to undertake some jury duty – we need you to explore why we react so strangely when it comes to changes on behavior linked to prescription drugs? In the last two posts Doctor Faces … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Suicide, violence, withdrawal

Lupron: Homicide of a Husband

September 18 2014 | 10 comments

Editorial Note: This post starts with Michelle Millikan’s report to FDA of the night she killed her husband.   The Event Several days after my 6th injection of Lupron Depot, in some kind of an impossible-to-understand and difficult-to-explain ‘fugue state’, … [Read More…]

Filed Under: RxISK Stories, violence, withdrawal

Doctor faces Marriage-Buster: What should s/he do?

September 08 2014 | 5 comments

Editorial Note:  This post is about an issue covered before – the effects of antidepressants on relationships – see My Wife Has Left Me. This post had thirty-four follow-up comments which show that this issue gets at the heart of … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, violence, withdrawal

Sudden Cardiac Death and the Reverse Dodo Verdict

August 27 2014 | 5 comments

Editorial Note: Ten years ago I was at a meeting in Ottawa Canada looking at the issue of adverse events on treatment and how to manage these. The attendees were mostly left leaning activists.  ut Terence Young, then recognizably a conservative … [Read More…]

Filed Under: cardiac, RxISK Stories

Thalidomide: From Disaster to Recovery

August 13 2014 | 4 comments

A Quiet Man A few months ago Martin Johnson retired as the Director of Britain’s Thalidomide Trust. Under his stewardship, UK Thalidomiders have become a major force for global drug safety. In a world where Brands are everything and even … [Read More…]

Filed Under: pregnancy, RxISK Stories

Back in Olanzapine Waters

August 07 2014 | 13 comments

Editorial Note: Courtesy of Fast Forward, here is a 12 month follow up to Sally’s Story; some good, some OK and some awful. Sounds and Speech Twelve months later, I continue to have problems with my hearing. The serious sensitivity to … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antipsychotics, cardiac, diabetes, RxISK Stories, withdrawal

Olanzapine Withdrawal: Sally’s Story

August 05 2014 | 20 comments

Editorial Note: How long does withdrawal last? How much overlap is there between antipsychotic, benzodiazepine and antidepressant withdrawal? This is the first of two posts covering these issues. All answers later this week in Part Two. For Antipsychotic Withdrawal – … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antipsychotics, cardiac, diabetes, RxISK Stories, withdrawal

Girl on a Hot Tin Roof: Drug Withdrawal Syndrome

July 30 2014 | 12 comments

Editorial Note: There are two reasons to run Katie B-T’s story here. One is the phenomenon of burning feet she reports. This seems common with benzodiazepine like drugs, including gabapentin and pregabalin. We would love to hear from others who … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, benzodiazepines, RxISK Stories, Sex, withdrawal Tags:

Why You Should Report to RxISK rather than Health Canada or FDA

July 23 2014 | 2 comments

Editorial Note: This post by John Scheel follow on his Sticks in the Throat and Sticks in the Throat: Boxology posts.  The driving force behind these posts – a demand that people should be accountable – can be seen in … [Read More…]

Filed Under: RxISK Stories

RxISK Research on PSSD

July 18 2014 | 26 comments

Editorial Note: This post is written by James Bennett, who is co-ordinating the RxISK PSSD research effort. Over the last two years, RxISK has engaged in a number of activities to raise awareness of Post SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD) and … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Sex

A PSSD Story

July 15 2014 | 3 comments

Editorial Note:  This is the fourth of five PSSD posts running over two weeks.  The first was Wikipedia Editor inserts Foot in Mouth, followed by 120 cases of PSSD, and Recovering from PSSD. I first took citalopram in November 2007, … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Sex

Recovering from PSSD

July 11 2014 | 11 comments

Some weeks ago, a number of people linked to Paxil Progress got in touch. They were concerned that RxISK was putting out a message that there was no recovery from PSSD and that if people got this message they might … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Sex

PSSD – One Hundred and Twenty Cases

July 09 2014 | 7 comments

Delete – Delete  No sooner was the original Wikipedia PSSD page restored that it attracted an extermination notice from the Wikipedia Daleks.   The original page may or may not still be here – Wikipedia PSSD.  In Wikipedia Editor puts … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Sex

Wikipedia editor inserts foot in mouth

July 07 2014 | 14 comments

Editorial Note: This is the first of several PSSD posts over the next two weeks on RxISK.  This post coincides with the restoration of the Wikipedia PSSD Page.  This was taken down earlier this year.  We reposted the page on … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Sex

We Are the Ninety-Nine Percent

June 30 2014 | 5 comments

Editorial Note: This is a Coda to the four posts on davidhealy.org about Sense about Science and AllTrials – Follow the Rhetoric, First Admit no Harm, Follow the Lawsuit & Follow the Patient.  It’s running here because it attempts to lay out some of the … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Data Based Medicine, doctor patient, Evidence, RxISK Stories

Is Your Mom on Drugs? Ours was and here’s what we did about it.

June 23 2014 | 8 comments

This story illustrates the issues described in Polypharmacy: when is enough, enough?  It also illustrates how important the voice of the patients and, when they cant advocate for themselves, their family. The experience of this family has motivated Johanna Trimble … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, doctor patient, memory, RxISK Stories

Polypharmacy: When is enough, enough?

June 13 2014 | 17 comments

Could you be on too many drugs? by Dr. Derelie (Dee) Mangin  David Braley and Nancy Gordon Chair in Family Medicine McMaster University The scenario is familiar: you or your mother or father has multiple pills to take at multiple times … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antibiotics, anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, doctor patient, RxISK Stories

GSK and Catch 22

June 05 2014 | 3 comments

Editorial: This post by Johanna Ryan notes a significant legal development for anyone taking a generic drug.  Its also a testament to the ability of  motivated women to make a difference to the landscape. We’re posting this interview with Wendy … [Read More…]

Filed Under: antibiotics, anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, RxISK Stories, Suicide, violence

Nobel Prize, Jackpot Winner or just Savior?

May 28 2014 | 6 comments

RxISK is not all about bad news. We ask anyone who is having a problem on a drug to think of a possible use to which this problem could be put. We also want people to keep alert to anything … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Data Based Medicine, doctor patient, Evidence, RxISK Stories

Marketing CoPilot recognized for helping RxISK.org achieve exemplary marketing results in email marketing

May 06 2014 | Leave a comment

TORONTO, ON — April 29, 2014 – Marketing CoPilot® Inc., a leader in Canada for digital marketing strategy and execution, has received the 2013 All Star Award from Constant Contact® Inc., the trusted marketing advisor to more than half a … [Read More…]

Filed Under: News and Media, RxISK Stories

Written on Water

April 26 2014 | 1 comment

Editorial Note: This is a brief synopsis of Dear Luise by Dorrit Cato Christensen – a story of power and powerlessness, and a most extraordinary book. Extraordinary because of the horror it outlines. Extraordinary because of Dorrit’s restraint when writing about her daughter. Do things … [Read More…]

Filed Under: anticonvulsants, Antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, cardiac, doctor patient, RxISK Stories

Lullaby

April 20 2014 | 2 comments

Editorial Note: A study published this week suggests that the issue of birth defects on antidepressants rather than suicide or homicide may yet end up as the Mark of Cain by which these drugs are remembered. Hush, little baby, don’t … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, cardiac, pregnancy, RxISK Stories

Is it the drugs, or the war? Yes.

April 15 2014 | 2 comments

Author: Johanna Ryan, Labor Activist with Illinois Workers Compensation Lawyers (Chicago) & RxISK Community Advisory Board Member, April 15, 2014 Within hours of Spec. Ivan Lopez’ deadly shooting spree and subsequent suicide in Fort Hood, Texas, the denials started to … [Read More…]

Filed Under: RxISK Stories

Get Involved with Team RxISK

April 11 2014 | 1 comment

Team RxISK takes first big step in England: Get involved With millions of people throughout the world participating in sporting events to raise money for many different causes, who would ever think that prescription drug safety could become a cause … [Read More…]

Filed Under: News and Media, RxISK Stories

Mother’s Little Poisoner

April 06 2014 | 1 comment

Editorial: There have been some high profile cases recently that may reflect the effects of drugs. A Classic Modus Operandi On March 17th L’Wren Scott hung herself in her Manhattan apartment. She hung herself from a door handle. Hanging with your feet … [Read More…]

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I Get By With a Little Help from my Friends

March 25 2014 | 3 comments

This post is written by Dr Richard A. Lawhern Ph.D., site moderator, content author and Resident Research Analyst with “Living With TN”, an online community among Ben’s Friends. He is the spouse of a trigeminal neuralgia (TN) patient who has symptoms of … [Read More…]

Filed Under: RxISK Stories

New Guide to Stopping Antidepressants

March 19 2014 | 6 comments

The RxISK Medical team has posted a “final” copy of the RxISK Guide to Stopping Antidepressants. Thanks to all for your feedback on the Guide (originally published as a draft paper) and please continue to provide input for the next … [Read More…]

Filed Under: News and Media, RxISK Stories

New fundraising initiative for RxISK.org

March 19 2014 | 1 comment

NEWS RELEASE New fundraising initiative launches this weekend in Hastings to highlight deadly anti-depressant drug side effects A new fundraising initiative is launching on Sunday March 23, 2014 to raise awareness of the potentially deadly side effects of anti-depressant drugs. … [Read More…]

Filed Under: News and Media, RxISK Stories

The Macbeth Test

March 18 2014 | Leave a comment

Editorial Note: No one outside the UK may be paying any heed to the all-consuming debate within Britain about the referendum on the future of Scotland. Everything comes back to this. Corporations have been saying they’ll pull out if Scotland … [Read More…]

Filed Under: RxISK Stories

Ten Drugs Seek Ten Conditions

March 11 2014 | Leave a comment

Editorial Note: There will be a post next week on RxISK and DavidHealy.org challenging you to take ‘The Macbeth Test’ and see whether you should stay in the United Kingdom or not. This is a prequel. Is there a drug … [Read More…]

Filed Under: RxISK Stories

“We ask you to put the public’s health ahead of industry interests”

March 04 2014 | 3 comments

From Johanna Ryan: Last week, RxISK joined with forty-one other organizations from across the U.S. and Canada to urge the FDA to withdraw its approval for a new drug. Zohydro ER is actually not so “new” – it’s pure hydrocodone, a … [Read More…]

Filed Under: RxISK Stories

Low Dose Naltrexone: Can it Work?

February 28 2014 | 1 comment

Editorial Note: The Low Dose Naltrexone post from Osama Mustafa earlier this week is quite striking. Many will read it and be persuaded. Others will read it and think such low doses of a drug cannot do anything.   And … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Feb28, RxISK Stories

Low Dose Naltrexone

February 25 2014 | 24 comments

Editorial Note: RxISK can sometimes seem to be all about the horrors of treatment. It’s not. It’s about people making the best use of drugs to make their lives better. Central to this is finding a doctor who will believe you when you … [Read More…]

Filed Under: RxISK Stories

Lupron: a Nightmare produced in Abbvie

February 18 2014 | 23 comments

Editorial Note: This post is by Lynne Millican, the founder of Lupron Victims Hub. Lupron is leuporelin – one of several Relins. Lynne’s story which dates from the late 1980s is still being repeated today with drugs like Goserelin – … [Read More…]

Filed Under: RxISK Stories

Post – Isotretinoin Sexual Syndrome: PISSed off.

February 14 2014 | 6 comments

Editorial Note: This original post featured some months ago under the heading of Acutane: Thirty years of trading our sex lives for clear skin. It was written by Bill Gallaher. The reason to reproduce here is to bring out the huge overlap … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, MIA, RxISK Stories, Sex, Suicide

Post Finasteride Syndrome: PSSD

February 13 2014 | 27 comments

Editorial Note: Wikipedia astonishingly removed their post on Post SSRI Sexual Dysfunction on January 27th (see this week’s previous posts: ‘Sexual DEATH‘; ‘PSSD – Wikipedia Stumbles‘; ‘PSSD – Wikipedia Falls‘). This was a huge mistake. PSSD and related conditions like … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, Missing, RxISK Stories, Sex, Suicide, withdrawal

Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction: Wikipedia Falls

February 12 2014 | 9 comments

Editorial Note: This is the debate among Wikipedia referees about whether the PSSD post should be retained. The lead person in having it removed goes under the nom de plume of ‘Formerly 98′.  It is the third post in a … [Read More…]

Filed Under: Antidepressants, RxISK Stories, Sex

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