Antipsychotics Tied to Respiratory Failure in At-Risk Patients

Association Between Antipsychotic Agents and Risk of Acute Respiratory Failure in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Megan Brooks

January 12, 2017

Antipsychotics have been linked to respiratory failure in a dose-dependent manner among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), results of a large observational study show.

“Multiple cases about acute respiratory distress or acute respiratory failure [ARF] from the use of antipsychotics have been reported during the past decades. Nevertheless, no population-based studies have been conducted to examine this potential drug safety issue,” study investigator Meng-Ting Wang, PhD, of the National Defense Medical Center in Taipei, Taiwan, told Medscape Medical News.

“Clinicians should exercise caution when prescribing antipsychotics to patients with COPD and avoid high doses if possible,” the investigators write.

The study was published online January 4 in JAMA Psychiatry.

Dose-Dependent Relationship 

The researchers analyzed healthcare claims records in the Taiwan National Health Insurance Database and antipsychotic medication history for 5032 patients with COPD who developed incident and idiopathic ARF (excluding cardiogenic, traumatic, and septic causes).

Using a case-crossover study design, they compared antipsychotic use during the 2 weeks before the ARF event (case period) and an earlier control period 2 to 3 months before the ARF event.

A total of 590 (11.7%) patients with ARF filled at least one antipsychotic prescription during the case period, compared with 443 (8.8%) during the control period. This corresponds to a 1.66-fold (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.34 – 2.05; P < .001) adjusted increased risk for ARF, regardless of antipsychotic class and route of administration.

The risk for ARF with antipsychotic use was dose-dependent, increasing from a 1.52-fold risk for a low defined daily dose (DDD) of 0.25 or less to a 3.74-fold risk for a high DDD of 1 or more.

“Overall, this is the first population-based observational study that reports a dose-dependent acute effect of antipsychotic use on risk of ARF,” said Dr Wang.

The findings, he added, have important implications for the management of COPD patients.

“First, we urge healthcare professionals to be vigilant about the development of ARF in COPD patients receiving antipsychotic treatment, especially during the initial phase of treatment,” he said.

“Second, antipsychotic use in COPD patients needs to be justified, given we noticed a high proportion of off-label use in our population. Third, according to our dose analysis, high daily dose of antipsychotics with more than 1 DDD should be avoided, and the risk should not be overlooked even in patients at a dose as low as a quarter of 1 DDD,” Dr Wang added.

“Fourth, this novel finding of respiratory adverse events from antipsychotics should be considered when weighing benefits against risks of using antipsychotics in COPD patients, but patients are not suggested to discontinue antipsychotics without consulting their physicians. In addition, we advise COPD patients on antipsychotics not to neglect symptoms of breathing difficulty or respiratory abnormalities and should seek medical help as soon as possible,” he added.

Commenting on the findings for Medscape Medical News, Dr Janna Gordon-Elliott, psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York–Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, said the article is “notable because it highlights a risk with antipsychotics that I don’t think is high up on our radar. In reviewing the literature after reviewing this paper, I am struck by how little this risk is talked about,” said Dr Gordon-Elliott, who was not involved in the study.

“This correlational study doesn’t necessarily put the nail in the coffin and can’t prove causation, although they did a really nice job of controlling for a lot of factors, and with this large population sample, they do show that this is more than just a few case reports,” she added.

“What the paper doesn’t tell us is why these COPD patients were on antipsychotics, and that’s probably just beyond the scope of the paper. But antipsychotics are being used off label in a lot of patients, and this paper should really make us think twice about that in patients with lung disease,” Dr Gordon-Elliott said.

The study had no commercial funding. The authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

JAMA Psychiatry. Published online January 4, 2017. Abstract

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2595040

REMINDER: US SUICIDE RATE AT ALL TIME HIGH – ANYONE SURPRISED???

U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High

“It’s really stunning to see such a large increase in suicide rates affecting virtually every age group,” said Katherine Hempstead, senior adviser for health care at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

If these statistics say nothing else, they at least make it clear that antidepressants do not work. And apparently the only ones surprised by this are the so called “experts” in suicide who have vested interests in Pharma and are therefore, turning a blind eye to statistics that have been starring them in the face for decades. Anyone familiar with my work on the dangers of antidepressants have expected this for some time now &amp; witnessed it all around them. I encourage you to read this to see how bad it has become and before doing so I am going to share with you the testimonies of two of my good friends who testified to the FDA in 1991 that this was happening as a direct result of Prozac – the mother drug of this whole new generation of SSRI and SNRI antidepressants. We now have dozens of prescription drugs on the market which have warnings that they cause suicide. We have antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics, acne medications, asthma medications…the list is so very long! Even Tamiflu was removed from the market in Japan due to the suicides from that drug.

Anyone familiar with my work on the dangers of antidepressants have expected this for some time now & witnessed it all around them. I encourage you to read this to see how bad it has become. but before doing so I want you to see the video testimonies of two of my good friends testifying before the FDA in 1991. They warned that these suicides were increasing drastically as a direct result of Prozac – the mother drug of this whole new generation of SSRI & SNRI antidepressants & atypical antipsychotic drugs.

We now have dozens of prescription drugs on the market which have warnings that they cause suicide. We have antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics, acne medications, asthma medications…the list is so very long! Even Tamiflu was removed from the market in Japan due to the suicides from that drug. And about everyone in this country has access to a drug pusher they see regularly who they refer to as their personal physician while nurses share that 75% of the physicians and nurses they work with take antidepressants.

The first in sharing her experience almost three decades ago, in an attempt to prevent this nightmare, is LeAnne Westover, wife of singer Del Shannon (Charles Westover)…please click the following link to watch her testimony…

1991 FDA Antidepressant Hearing: Le Anne Westover Testifies of Husband Del Shannon’s Prozac Suicide

Second is Maria Malakoff, a Florida pharmacist, testifying about both her own suicide attempt on Prozac and the suicide of her husband, also a pharmacist. Maria warned the FDA back in 1991 that the day would come that every family in America would be affected by antidepressants if they did not issue warnings back then. Tragically her statement has proved prophetic!

Their pharmacy was the first pharmacy to remove Prozac from their shelves…

1991 FDA Antidepressant Hearing: Suicide & Suicide Attempt by Pharmacist Maria Malakoff

U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High

“It’s really stunning to see such a large increase in suicide rates affecting virtually every age group,” said Katherine Hempstead, senior adviser for health care at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

By SABRINA TAVERNISE
April 22, 2016

WASHINGTON — Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep anguish from a group whose suicide rates had been stable or falling since the 1950s.

The suicide rate for middle-aged women, ages 45 to 64, jumped by 63 percent over the period of the study, while it rose by 43 percent for men in that age range, the sharpest increase for males of any age. The overall suicide rate rose by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which released the study on Friday.

The increases were so widespread that they lifted the nation’s suicide rate to 13 per 100,000 people, the highest since 1986. The rate rose by 2 percent a year starting in 2006, double the annual rise in the earlier period of the study. In all, 42,773 people died from suicide in 2014, compared with 29,199 in 1999.

Graphic | A Growing, Widespread Toll BY THE NEW YORK TIMES

“It’s really stunning to see such a large increase in suicide rates affecting virtually every age group,” said Katherine Hempstead, senior adviser for health care at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who has identified a link between suicides in middle age and rising rates of distress about jobs and personal finances.

Researchers also found an alarming increase among girls 10 to 14, whose suicide rate, while still very low, had tripled. The number of girls who killed themselves rose to 150 in 2014 from 50 in 1999. “This one certainly jumped out,” said Sally Curtin, a statistician at the center and an author of the report.

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American Indians had the sharpest rise of all racial and ethnic groups, with rates rising by 89 percent for women and 38 percent for men. White middle-aged women had an increase of 80 percent.

The rate declined for just one racial group: black men. And it declined for only one age group: men and women over 75.

The data analysis provided fresh evidence of suffering among white Americans. Recent research has highlighted the plight of less educated whites, showing surges in deaths from drug overdoses, suicides,liver disease and alcohol poisoning, particularly among those with a high school education or less. The new report did not break down suicide rates by education, but researchers who reviewed the analysis said the patterns in age and race were consistent with that recent research and painted a picture of desperation for many in American society.

“This is part of the larger emerging pattern of evidence of the links between poverty, hopelessness and health,” said Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard and the author of “Our Kids,” an investigation of new class divisions in America.

The rise in suicide rates has happened slowly over many years. Federal health researchers said they chose 1999 as the start of the period they studied because it was a low point in the national suicide rate and they wanted to cover the full period of its recent sustained rise.

The federal health agency’s last major report on suicide, released in 2013, noted a sharp increase in suicide among 35- to 64-year-olds. But the rates have risen even more since then — up by 7 percent for the entire population since 2010, the end of the last study period — and federal researchers said they issued the new report to draw attention to the issue.

Policy makers say efforts to prevent suicide across the country are spotty. While some hospitals and health systems screen for suicidal thinking and operate good treatment programs, many do not.

“We have more and more effective treatments, but we have to figure out how to bake them into health care systems so they are used more automatically,” said Dr. Jane Pearson, chairwoman of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Suicide Research Consortium, which oversees the National Institutes of Health funding for suicide prevention research. “We’ve got bits and pieces, but we haven’t really put them all together yet.”

She noted that while N.I.H. funding for suicide prevention projects had been relatively flat — rising to $25 million in 2016 from $22 million in 2012 — it was a small fraction of funding for research of mental illnesses, including mood disorders like depression.

The new federal analysis noted that the methods of suicide were changing. About one in four suicides in 2014 involved suffocation, which includes hanging and strangulation, compared with fewer than one in five in 1999. Suffocation deaths are harder to prevent because nearly anyone has access to the means, Ms. Hempstead said. And while the share of suicides involving guns declined — guns went from being involved in 37 percent of female suicides to 31 percent, and from 62 percent to 55 percent for men — the total number of gun suicides increased..

The question of what has driven the increases is unresolved, leaving experts to muse on the reasons.

Julie Phillips, a professor of sociology at Rutgers who has studied suicide among middle-aged Americans, said social changes could be raising the risks. Marriage rates have declined, particularly among less educated Americans, while divorce rates have risen, leading to increased social isolation, she said. She calculated that in 2005, unmarried middle-aged men were 3.5 times more likely than married men to die from suicide, and their female counterparts were as much as 2.8 times more likely to kill themselves. The divorce rate has doubled for middle-aged and older adults since the 1990s, she said.

Disappointed expectations of social and economic well-being among less educated white men from the baby-boom generation may also be playing a role, she said. They grew up in an era that valued “masculinity and self-reliance” — characteristics that could get in the way of asking for help.

“It appears this group isn’t seeking help but rather turning to self-destructive means of dealing with their despair,” Professor Phillips said.

Another possible explanation: an economy that has eaten away at the prospects of families on the lower rungs of the income ladder.

Dr. Alex Crosby, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he had studied the association between economic downturns and suicide going back to the 1920s and found that suicide was highest when the economy was weak. One of the highest rates in the country’s modern history, he said, was in 1932, during the Great Depression, when the rate was 22.1 per 100,000, about 70 percent higher than in 2014.

“There was a consistent pattern,” he said, which held for all ages between 25 and 64. “When the economy got worse, suicides went up, and when it got better, they went down.”

But other experts pointed out that the unemployment rate had been declining in the latter period of the study, and questioned how important the economy was to suicide.

The gap in suicide rates for men and women has narrowed because women’s rates are increasing faster than men’s. But men still kill themselves at a rate 3.6 times that of women. Though suicide rates for older adults fell over the period of the study, men over 75 still have the highest suicide rate of any age group — 38.8 per 100,000 in 2014, compared with just four per 100,000 for their female counterparts.


URGENT TODAY!!! STOP HR 2646: “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis!!!!!

Baby and Pups

Baby With His Safe and Effective Antidepressants

Although it is rare that I send information out from another group, in this instance I believe this is such a critical subject and such a tragic situation worldwide currently that MUST be not only addressed but must be stopped dead in its tracks! The drugging of infants and toddlers with mind altering medications! Within the past couple of weeks  I have seen the most recent stats out of  New Zealand forwarded  region by region. And what I found the most shocking was the HUGE jump in the use of mind altering medications among this young age group!!!! They went from double to ten times an increase in numbers depending upon the region!

This bill being voted on today could do that same here in America. There is no valid excuse for this drugging of infants!  It needs to stop!  The summer of 1998 I wrote an article  titled, The Next Generation Medical Guinea Pigs–Our Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil Babies,  which ran in both of the major newspapers in Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News because this insane prescribing of these drugs to infants and toddlers began there in the early 90’s.  That article from nearly two decades ago can be found on our website at the following link:  http://www.drugawareness.org/ssri-babies/

LIST OF CONGRESSIONAL COSPONSORS FOR THIS BILL

Here is a list of Congressional cosponsors of the bill state by state who likely have no idea whatsoever what it is they are actually supporting. It would be a good idea to contact all of them to wake them up to what these drugs are doing to our society and our future: https://www.congress.gov/…/house-bill/2646/cosponsors

PLEASE CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN TODAY BEFORE VOTE THIS AFTERNOON

As you may know, a highly controversial bill, HR 2646: “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis” is going to the House of Representative floor for a vote, tomorrow, July 6th and 1:30 pm Eastern Time.

The entire bill is designed to benefit the mental health industry, and not the general public.   Given the late notice on this bill going to the floor, we are asking all supporters to email their Congressional Representatives on just one major flaw of a massively flawed bill,   the section focusing on labeling and drugging children.

Specifically, HR 2646: “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis”

Includes a section that focuses on increasing mental health treatment for infants and young children birth to 5 years of age.

The bill provides grants to train pediatric primary care providers to identify, diagnose, treat, and refer children with mental illness (there are no objective medical tests to diagnose any mental illness) and to develop programs for infants and children under 5 years of age who are at risk of developing a mental illness, show early signs of mental illness, or have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Subtitle C, Sec. 399Z-2 “Infants and Early Childhood Mental Health Promotion, Intervention, and Treatment” provides for a statewide network of psychiatrists to provide “telehealth” consultations to pediatricians. This is dangerous, given the current standard treatment in the mental health field is psychotropic drugs. Children’s brains are still developing until the age of 24.

Already in the U.S., 1 million infants and young children birth to 5 years of age in America are on a psychotropic drug, according to the latest figures from IMS Health.   You can view the total number of children on psychiatric drugs here with the figures from IMS Health

Please vote against HR 2646; it may do more harm than help.  You can find the emails for your Congressmen herehttp://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Sincerely,

Carla Moxon

Director of Public Activities

CCHR International

www.cchrint.org

800-869-2247

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

drugawareness.org & ssristories.NET

Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here:http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one atwww.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships in the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan. For only a $30 membership for one month you can even get 30 days of access to the withdrawal CD with tips on rebuilding after the meds, all six of my DVDs, hundreds of radio interviews, lectures, TV interviews I have done over the years PLUS access to my book on antidepressants (500 plus pages) with more information than you will find anywhere else (that is only $5 more than the book alone would cost) atwww.drugawareness.org. (Definitely the best option to save outrageous postage charges for those out of the country!)

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MEDS: FOUR PSYCH COMMITMENTS-MAN ENTERS THEATER WITH AX, PELLET GUN, PEPPER SPRAY

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Antioch, Tennessee Theater Attack

Wearing a surgical mask, armed with an ax, pellet gun, pepper spray and a bomb the psychologically troubled man, Vincente David Montano, 29, who had been reported missing by his family attacked those in a theater with him. Luckily only seven others were in the theater. Three were hurt. One man suffered a wound to his shoulder from the ax. But when the shooter, who began his attack with pepper spray, pulled the pellet gun on officers and pulled the trigger five officers opened fire killing him. According to his brother, Vincente had been committed twice in 2004 and twice in 2007.

From the following article on the case we read: “Such attacks have become all too common, said Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson.

“To the general public, anywhere we gather there is likely to be an incident,” Anderson said. “Obviously, in this day and time we need to be mindful of our circumstances, mindful of our surroundings. But this is maybe what we call the new normal. We can’t just shut down America, we can’t say we’re not going to theaters, we can’t say we’re not going to church. We carry on. But we need to be mindful of our surroundings as we do that.”

What is most interesting about this statement is that we have had quite a few shootings in theaters and churches. The Bishop in the LDS Church in mid California who was killed a few years ago was shot by a man with the same kind of history. He was a vet who had been drugged for years. He had made a previous suicide attempt after killing the families cats and his wife attempted suicide with him. They did not succeed and he went on to commit murder and then suicide by cop as this fellow attempted. As for me for years I have not gone to theaters and I have kept a close eye on those at Church, working to make sure I know who is on what. Those people I watch for any aggitation. If I notice legs bouncing, etc. I leave.

Read and view original reports here: 

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/05/us/tennessee-theater-shooting/

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765678845/Suspect-in-latest-theater-attack-had-psychological-issues.html

The question remains in all of these cases as to the level of consciousness of the perpetrator – something that is never tested in these court cases and should be. Testing is still back in the dark ages with blood levels of drugs rather than brain waves which will detect the level of consciousness and therefore culpability. These are drugs that accumulate in brain tissue at an alarming rate. Testing the blood tells us nothing about the level of toxicity.

Deadly drugs! Here are 5000 other examples of the violence they produce:

www.SSRIstories.NET

EXCESS SEROTONIN PRODUCES EXTREME VIOLENCE

What so many were not aware of is that an increase in serotonin by an accompanying decrease in one’s ability to metabolize serotonin was long known to produce both impulsive murder and suicide. See this study out of the Southern California:

http://www.drugawareness.org/mutant-mice-key-to-human-violence-an-excess-serotonin/

ANTIDEPRESSANTS PRODUCE SLEEP DISORDER KNOWN TO

INCLUDE BOTH MURDER AND SUICIDE

What the world remains unaware of is the fact is that 86% of those who are diagnosed with the most deadly sleep disorder known as REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) are currently taking antidepressants. REM Sleep Disorder is a condition in which there is no paralysis during sleep thus allowing the patient to act out the dreams or nightmares they are having. Tragically 80% of those going into this sleep disorder hurt themselves or others including both murder and suicide as a result.

This is possibly the most deadly of all reactions one can have to antidepressants. Even more frightening though is to learn that before the introduction of the SSRI antidepressants RBD was known mainly as a drug withdrawal effect. Thus the chances of going into this dangerous reaction should be expected to increase as one goes into withdrawal. This is why it is so important to avoid as much of the withdrawal effects as possible by tapering off the antidepressant very, very slowly.

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

drugawareness.org & ssristories.NET

Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here:http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one atwww.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships in the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan. For only a $30 membership for one month you can even get 30 days of access to the withdrawal CD with tips on rebuilding after the meds, all six of my DVDs, hundreds of radio interviews, lectures, TV interviews I have done over the years PLUS access to my book on antidepressants (500 plus pages) with more information than you will find anywhere else (that is only $5 more than the book alone would cost) atwww.drugawareness.org. (Definitely the best option to save outrageous postage charges for those out of the country!)

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70 MILLION Americans are on Mind-Altering Prescription Drugs

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AMERICA’S PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION

CDC: NOW FASTEST GROWING DRUG PROBLEM

BREAKING NEWS FROM TODAY’S LONDON DAILY MAIL

…. Experts have warned legal substances caused more overdose deaths than heroine and cocaine combined during the past decade, according to the U.S. report.

…. In 2010 more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants were written for Americans.

…. 70 MILLION Americans are on mind-altering drugs: shock statistic which shows full extent of use of illegal and legal narcotics

…. One in Five adults take prescription psychiatric drugs

…. CDC: “Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States.’

…. 27,000 unintentional drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States

…. 10 per cent of high school pupils are prescribed drugs for ADHD

…. Anti-depressants have been linked to a series of school shootings

(You can see that data posted here: http://www.drugawareness.org/ssri-nightmares/school-shootings/)

My Posted Comment to This Article

“For 25 years I have been screaming this warning of the prescription drug train wreck heading straight for America, but then extending worldwide. Most did not want to hear it. If mainstream media wanted to keep their advertising dollars – one of their main sources of revenue – they knew they had to keep quiet about it or even downplay what was happening before our eyes. So I documented school & workplace shootings, etc.

“My first book came in 1991, another in 1994, then 2000 Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare warned in even more detail the ravages of drugs acting upon serotonin – the antidepressants, antipsychotics, & pain killers. Serotonin is what LSD mimics. Increase the level gradually & the individual begins to appear as if they are becoming mentally ill. No one links it to the drug because it has been such a slow process. Sadly even the patient is convinced they are going insane due to his/her own drug-induced thoughts & actions & becomes a customer for life.”

Original Article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2555950/70-MILLION-Americans-mind-altering-drugs-shock-statistic-shows-extent-use-illegal-legal-narcotics.html#ixzz2sxPHIzvn

If you are caught up in this new age drug nightmare and want off you need to know what you are doing and how to wean off safely. Make sure any doctor you go to for help knows about withdrawal because far too many do not know anything about it. Many patients will share with their doctors the CD mentioned below on safe and successful withdrawal as it explains why there is a need for such a slow, gradual withdrawal with serotonergic medications. Withdrawal can be one of the most dangerous periods of taking an antidepressant if you do not know what you are doing! (See FDA withdrawal warning below)

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/  And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid!

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

 

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