Cold turkeyed off Effexor and Etrafon

“I continue to cite your book to all I can reach. I believe in you, and thank you so very much!”

I’ve read “PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA?” with great interest after your first “Art Bell” show. I was fortunate to be able to tape the second show with B. Simpson.

Thanks to your efforts, I now have all the support I need to warn friends about the pitfalls of these drugs.

My story:

Long term depression. Working physical job at printing outfit. Duties included fork lift driving. I went to the doctor for some relief; he prescribed Effexor, and Etrafon-forte.

My most pronounced side effect became noticeable to my wife; the persona of pure apathy.

Her father was killed in a car accident, and at the funeral, I couldn’t cry- became ultra-spiritual about his role in “the afterlife.” He was a Salvation Army officer and musician in the string band. He was loved by everyone. I miss him, but I do feel his presence even today; four years after my cold turkey episode.

My personal hell came in the form of unwanted thoughts that, without a firm spiritual background, I might have acted upon- as some of the examples presented in your case studies.

I decided that the drugs were the cause of my thoughts, and just stopped taking them one day. Things got worse, and I resorted to a relapse to drinking after a four year sobriety.

My drinking took off to three day binges, and I assaulted my loving wife while in a blackout.

Iwas jailed, and went through treatment. Over a six year period I’ve had three such episodes, but remain free of the SSRI’s. I’ve found relief with Librium, but they tapered me off of it while in the last treatment. I now feel totally lost, and have all the physical problems of stress, including fibro myalgia. I am now self employed making furniture.

I just got on the net at home, and wish to thank you for your insight-full work exposing this problem. I continue to cite your book to all I can reach. I believe in you, and thank you so very much!

Yours in central MN

Jon Allen
hihat02@yahoo.com

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Suicide: Man Shoots Himself: England

Paragraph 8 reads:  “Mr Hobbs, who had been diabetic for 10 years, died on May 17 from a traumatic head injury, five days after being prescribed anti-depressants.”

Last paragraph reads:  “Coroner William Morris recorded verdict of suicide.”

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Soham Man Who Was Depressed After Losing His Job Shot Himself At Home

18:21 – 04 August 2009

coroner’s court
DISTRAUGHT and depressed after losing his job, JCB driver John Hobbs shot himself in the garden of his Soham home.

Just one day after being made redundant, 63-year-old Mr Hobbs went into a deep depression.

“From that day, the John I knew and loved was gone, and we began to argue,” his loving wife Gwendoline told an inquest at Ely Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

“He was anxious and desperate to find a new job,” she said in a statement to the coroner. “He started to worry about bills and money, because he only received Job Seeker’s allowance.”

Mr Hobbs was so desperate to get a new job, that he even approached members of the public in the doctor’s surgery car park, asking for a job, said Mrs Hobbs.

He lost nearly two stone in weight over a 10-week period. “He looked gaunt; he was a shell of himself.

“His behaviour became worse, and he said he wished he was dead.”

Mr Hobbs, who had been diabetic for 10 years, died on May 17 from a traumatic head injury, five days after being prescribed anti-depressants.

Mr and Mrs Hobbs had been married for 43 years, and lived together in Cornmills Road at Soham.

“Sometime in the afternoon I heard a very loud bang from the rear garden, it sounded like a shotgun, I was very worried,” said Mrs Hobbs in her statement.

He started work for Bradford Properties in 1967; he was very proud of his job, and always eager to get work.

After being diagnosed with diabetes, Mr Hobbs struggled with his weight, and found taking his medication a chore.

He was looking forward to retirement, but in December last year was given 12 weeks’ notice, and even offered to work for half pay.

Coroner William Morris recorded verdict of suicide.

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Humiliated and Worse on Prozac

“Frankly I think Eli Lilly is 100% responsible for the hell I have been through…”

 

I am a 46 year old man who has suffered a major disruption in his life because of Prozac. I heard of the web site and though I was not planning to write about my experience I realize there is need to do so. I wish to just outline them and perhaps later write a more detailed account at a later date.

1. I was taking Prozac for about 7 days
2. I sensed agitation and impatience growing as I took the drug.
3. I stopped taking the Prozac on the 8th day
4. I became filled with rage and remorse and wild fictions of what my life was all about and my marriage. I went to the store and bought beer. I do not drink, I bought the beer because years ago when I drank some it put me to sleep.
5. On the 8th day I was rage full and threatened my wife. I asked her to call 911 in one of my more lucid moments.
6. I had the distinct feeling that I wanted to frighten her and hurt her emotionally and physically. Then a moment later I did not think or feel that way.
7. I did not understand my own behavior or feelings.
8. I burned a sheet in the sink to make smoke to frighten her, and I threw a neck vibrator across the room.
9. The police came and arrested me, I spent 4 days in jail.
10. I paid huge fines and attorney fees.
11. I was charged with assault and reckless burning.
12. I was placed on probation for 2 years. 13. I was placed in a domestic violence program.

I am a nice guy. I have a wonderful family, a loving wife. I love my family. I have never been arrested in my life nor have I been in any trouble with the police. I am a business man who operates restaurants with over 90 employees. I am a college graduate. I have always been non violent, preferring to avoid fights and potentially dangerous situations. I had a very good life and was prescribed Prozac for mild depression and fatigue.

I have been humiliated, treated like a common criminal and am now a man with a criminal record. On the positive side I have been able to participate in a domestic violence group and learn some interesting things about violent behavior. However it is an academic exercise which if I had had an interest in I would have taken college courses on the topic. I have learned how a polygraph machine works since part of the program requires I take polygraph tests, and I have learned how to pee in a cup on demand for drug detection since I am now on probation. I do not take illegal drugs, and probably will not ever take prescription drugs because I am afraid of them, the consequences are too steep.

Frankly I think Eli Lilly is 100% responsible for the hell I have been through and if there is ever a class action suit I want to be there!

Ray Schaeffer

 

1/23/2001

This is Survivor Story number 6.
Total number of stories in current database is 34

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