DEPRESSION MED: 14 Year Old Girl Attempts Suicide in School During Class…

Paragraph four reads:  “The victim’s mother said her
daughter
takes medication for ADHD and
depression.”

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Middle school student attempts suicide during class
Stephanie
Toone | South Carolina Bureau Chief
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 4:42
p.m.

GRANITEVILLE – A Leavelle McCampbell Middle School student tried
to commit suicide in a classroom Wednesday by overdosing on prescription drugs.


An art teacher at the middle school on Canal Street said the 14yearold
took close to 50 pills during class around 8:15 a.m. in an attempt to kill
herself, according to an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office report. The student was
transported to Aiken Regional Medical Center’s emergency room, but there were no
details on her condition.

Two students told investigators that the
student said she was going to take her “death pills,” then swallowed the
cocktail of prescription drugs, according to the report.

The victim’s
mother said her daughter takes medication for ADHD and depression.


Cecelia Davidson, associate superintendent for administration, said she
was not aware of the incident, but said the guidance and principal staff has
protocol for suicide threats or attempts.

From the Thursday, Dec. 10,
2009 online edition of The Augusta Chronicle

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Paxil Psychotic Event Required Hospitalization

“No one explained to me what happened.”

In November 2001 I was on Paxil. The drug was making it hard for me to concentrate and other effects… then one day I woke up from a horrible nightmare and ended up in the emergency room since I suffered a psychotic breakdown.

No one explained to me what happened. A year after the psychotic event the new psychiatrist told me Paxil can have a psychotic side effect in some people.

Since the hospitalization I was given more medicines to take daily. I’m suffering through withdrawal now. And I’m trying to get off one prescription.

Mary

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Effexor Prescribed for PMS

“PMS compared to this would be heavenly!”

I am 45 yr old mother of 4, working full time. I was prescribed Prozac 12 yrs ago , then was changed to Effexor 7 yrs ago and have not been able to stop. The withdrawal’s are too overwhelming and debilitating. Even the slightest reduction 1/8th, starts the withdrawal symptoms. I experience extreme crying spells, horrifying panic attacks, which has sent me to the emergency room, sweating and burning followed by shivering cold spells. I can’t sleep, work or even function . I was prescribed this drug to help with PMS. PMS compared to this would be heavenly! The drug companies need to be held responsible for their actions. I believe their greed became more important than the reason these drugs were developed, to help people. I am a Christian and firmly believe God’s Word, we shall reap what we sow. I would ask other believer’s to join me and pray that these drug companies would reap what they have sown. Destruction. I have not yet gone through ‘the eye of the needle’ withdrawal and freedom but I am believing god to go thru and I will follow. Our country messed up big time. Hopefully god will be merciful and get up through this!

Liz powers
swamee14@yahoo.com
Lpowers@hmacloan.com

 

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Zoloft Hell

“I knew I had to get off of this drug to save my sanity.”

I was prescribed Zoloft for mild anxiety. Now I know I the mild anxiety I had was nothing compared to the horrible side effects of Zoloft. I experienced them immediately after the first pill. I took it for a total of only five weeks, the last 11 days on 50 mg……….a relatively low dose……or so they say?

In short, my side effects included what I call “electrical brain surges” (I feared I was losing my mind), persistent diahrrea every morning, a total loss of appetite (I don’t mean depressed appetite, I mean I lost all appetite or interest in food to the point I had to force food for nourishment); severe panic attacks upon awakening; tachycardia (I have been on 0.125 mg Digoxin for 3 years for this condition and I believe Zoloft made it worse, but this cannot be proven) and a feeling of detachment from reality (I believe this may also be called depersonalization)……….The last side effect that developed was nausea.

So…….into my fifth week on Zoloft which was Day 11 on 50 mg. I told my doctor about these symptoms and she said to taper off the Zoloft. The next morning I was so weak and dehydrated from the diarrhea I went to the Emergency Room (my second E.R. visit, the first visit to the E.R. was early into the course of Zoloft, after panicking all morning I was scared there was something really physically wrong with me). The E.R. doctor was apprised of everything that I was experiencing and told me NOT TO TAKE ANOTHER ZOLOFT. In fact he said to me, “If you were my wife or sister, I would tell you to NEVER have taken it.” Despite my PCP’s plan of tapering which would have meant another four days of 25 mg. I did what the E.R. doctor recommended and never took another one.

I was give I.V. fluids and Phergan for nausea, an abdominal x-ray and they did some blood work. He advised that I would probably continue with some side effects until it was out of my system. I am now into Day 12 being Zoloft free and am finally returning to normal. Yes, side effects continued, especially bouts of nausea which I could attribute to nothing and have had bad headaches also.

I personally know two people on Zoloft. One friend has been on it for just over a year and swears it’s a miracle drug for her. She is taking it due to mild depression. The other person has only been on it for about two months but he loves it as well, Also prescribed for depression (He is depressed because he hates his job and work environment).

I can only report to you MY EXPERIENCE on the drug. The only other prescription meds I am on is Digoxin and Lipitor (10 mg.) which I have taken for just over one year. I know they say there is no drug interactions with these drugs, but I have my doubts.

I am involved in an exercise program now to deal with any anxiety, and honestly I have not had any anxiety or panic since getting off of this drug. I fear for people who are on these drugs long term.

Maybe I am in a rare class of people whose bodies cannot tolerate the drug. My PCP SHOULD have known better than to let me go on for FIVE WEEKS with the side effects, as I reported them to her on MORE THAN ONE occasion.

At any rate, I am off the Zoloft and it will be a LONG TIME before I am able to forget the experience. One last thing I’d like to say about how it affected my brain……….Although I was not suicidal, I could understand, for the first time, how someone could end it all just to find some peace. That, in itself, was scary to me……..that I could totally understand why someone would kill themselves.

There were also several times when I thought I was going to end up on a psych ward, I was afraid I was on the verge of a psychotic break with reality…….I think when I realized that I was having these thoughts, I knew I had to get off of this drug to save my sanity.

Julie Shields

 

This is Survivor Story number 46.
Total number of stories in current database is 77

10/5/2003

 

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Pharmacist Suspicious Antidepressant Caused Symptoms

“…often the negative information about medications is not available to us, at least not conveniently so.”

I’m a pharmacist. Along with the rest of the public, I thought SSRI’s were mostly harmless and very beneficial, and for some people they do seem to be. However, I have myself experienced some ill effects this year which I suspect are linked to SSRI’s. I had developed depression due to job stress, job changes, and personal losses during the past year. My symptoms were generally mild but persistent depression with occasional periods of intense sadness, fatigue, obsessive-compulsive eating, and social phobia. I discussed SSRI’s with my physician and we agreed that it was appropriate treatment. I began with Paxil. I did feel less depressed, sad, and moody. I had hope at last. Then, one month into my treatment I experienced a severe illness. I was sitting at my computer late one night and thus in a relaxed situation. I suddenly experienced an intense feeling of cold in the center of my chest which radiated outward in a circle throughout my chest, then up into my shoulders, and down my arms into my hands. I became dizzy, and despite feeling extremely cold, I broke out into a heavy sweat.

Being overweight with a strong family history of heart disease, I immediately suspected I was having a heart attack. I had nitroglycerin tablets handy since my parents both have them for existing heart disease, so I took them in the usual manner and had someone contact 911. I was taken to the emergency room, where an EKG and blood enzymes were normal indicating no heart attack. My blood pressure was, of course, low due to the nitroglycerin. They admitted me to the hospital, and due to family history performed a cardiac catheterization to check for arterial blockage. This test showed my arteries to all be clear, amazingly so given my family history and long-term obesity.
As I was being escorted out of the hospital after release, I had another episode beginning with the cold and followed by dizziness. They immediately took me back to my room, and tested my blood pressure, blood glucose, and EKG. All were normal. They had maintained my Paxil treatment during hospitalization. After leaving the hospital I discontinued the Paxil, and for the next month was symptom free. However, the depression returned. In time I also tried Prozac, Effexor XR, and Wellbutrin SR. Each time I had the same symptoms occur. Symptoms were a bit milder with Wellbutrin SR though I also experienced headaches and mild hand tremor while taking it. Several more visits to the ER resulted only in normal findings.
I am now off all SSRI’s and dealing with my minor depression and other symptoms through force of will and by giving into my sweet tooth. All I have is strong circumstantial evidence of the SSRI’s being the cause of my illness. I do have some residual side effects including an occasional feeling of dullness and lightheadedness in my forehead, and rarely just a bit of the cold feeling.

So, my question to you, is have you heard of these symptoms before in a patient treated with SSRI’s?

People look at pharmacists, and especially physicians like we know everything and our knowledge is complete and perfect. The public doesn’t realize that we learn from what we read, just as they do, and that often the negative information about medications is not available to us, at least not conveniently so. Physicians usually have only one course in medications during medical school and get much of their continuing information from drug company representatives who stick mostly to the positive effects. Also, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the information as the FDA continues to approve new drugs at an ever accelerating rate.

As a pharmacist, I try to counsel patients adequately on their medications so they know the risks as well as the benefits. However, they often don’t want to take time to listen, nor does a busy pharmacy allow adequate time for counseling. Thank you for your attention! I hope you can offer me some insight personally, and for my professional use.
Since you post messages on your board, I must regretfully not include my last name. Unfortunately, writing a letter like this is not good for one career in the health field.

Jim, R.Ph.

11/29/2000

This is Survivor Story number 5.
Total number of stories in current database is 96

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Two and a Half Years Later–Problems from Three Zoloft Tablets

“…I only want to resolve these problems so that we can return to our life prior to taking Zoloft.”

 

Two and one half years ago, I took one 50 mg. tablet of Zoloft for 3 days. On the third night, I woke up with severe flu like symptoms (nausea, diarrhea, shivering in chest area, paranoia, and extreme anxiety).

I was treated at the Emergency Room with Ativan. My blood pressure was also high. Since that night, I wake up every day with the same symptoms but to a lesser degree. Reading and writing makes me nauseated and shaky until later in the day. Occasionally I also have a fibrillating heart which I didn’t have prior to the use of Zoloft. I have had many tests, and none of them showed any problems. I was tested for Serotonin Syndrome which turned up negative. I have consulted with two psychopharmacologists, a heart specialist, an endocrinologist, an allergist, and a gastroenterologist. All without any help.

One of the psychopharmacologists suggested that there was a possibility that there might have been damage caused by the Zoloft. I am able to sleep usually until 6 am when the symptoms start again. I have been to many specialists and have tried many medications without any relief. My husband and I only want to resolve these problems so that we can return to our life prior to taking Zoloft.

You have my permission to publish it on the Internet, and you may edit the story. Please pass this communication to any of the doctors that are specializing in this field I would appreciate it if you would post my name and e-mail address on your site.

lingram01@sprynet.com

 

10/29/1998

Years 2000 and Prior

This is Survivor Story number 33.
Total number of stories in current database is 96

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