3/30/2001 – 60 Minutes Show, April 1 – Clinical Drug Trial Dangers

“Clinical Drug Trial Dangers?”

On Sunday, April 1, at 7 p.m. ET/PT, CBS 60 Minutes will air a
segment entitled “Of Mice And Men.” Steve Kroft reports that
patients taking experimental drugs in clinical trials often don’t
know the doctors administering them are usually being paid by
the drug companies and that the drugs can sometimes worsen
their health.

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Terrified on Effexor

“I could not even go out to my car to go to the hospital. I became terrified, I could not leave the house.”

 

I just read the article from Pat Spruill regarding [her experiences] being a volunteer on a hot-line. I too called a hot-line after about 3 days on Effexor. (The girl at the distress center was condescending and I really should have reported her but was too upset.) I became immobilized, I could not even go out to my car to go to the hospital. I became terrified, I could not leave the house. I felt like what I imagine a moose feels like looking into the headlights of a car. It was the worst experience I ever had on anti-depressants. (I have tried Prozac, Zoloft , Zyban (Wellbutrin), all with extreme negative side effects.) Had I not known that this was a reaction to the drug, I honestly do not think I would be here today. Luckily my son was home at the time. The worst of this is that when I reported it to my family doctor he said, “Oh those reactions go away after 2-3 weeks.” My pharmacist advised me that this was an abnormal reaction and not to take anymore. Depression, sad to say, is still today looked upon as something folks bring upon themselves ..even by our doctors; so the easiest way for the doctors to “keep us quiet” is to dope us up and hope we go away. (I plan to report my doctor when I find a new one.)

Years 2000 and Prior

This is Survivor Story number 88.
Total number of stories in current database is 96

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09/15/1999 – ABC News Report Thursday Evening

News Alert!

Catch it if you can. Part II of a series on SSRI drugs and their side
effects will be shown on Thursday evening (9/16) on ABC News with Peter
Jennings.

While we’re at it, here are two links to a couple other ABC News
Stories you may have missed.

Bad Reactions to Prescriptions a Leading Cause of Death
Double-Edged Sword of Drugs

Only 15 to 20 percent of doctors mention potential risks to patients
when writing prescriptions.

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/living/DailyNews/drugreactions980413.html
——
Dangerous Prescriptions
The Risks of Meddling With Doctors’ Drug Orders

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/living/DailyNews/drugswitching990914.html

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09/07/1999 – Celexa & Alcohol

This is being remailed to make a minor correction. It comes from Dr.
Tracy and our ICFDA Director in Norway–

“I feel that this information coming in from our director in Norway is
so critical that it needs to get to all of you immediately. Hope you
can translate his English =-) Celexa has frightened me more than any
of these drugs since long before it was ever approved. We will be
hearing MUCH more about this extremely dangerous med. But if this is
happening with Celexa, the damage from the others being mixed with
alcohol is also there. How long will it take before anyone begins to
see this, who knows? The tragic twist to this is that these drugs
produce such an overwhelming craving for alcohol.” Ann
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In Denmark the magazine: “Ugeskrift for Laeger” (a weekly magazine for
doctors) will publish a study that says that Celexa (citalopram,
Cipramil) can lead to death in combination with alcohol. They have
found that 4 users of celexa have died, and the obduction showed
normal doses of both Celexa and alcohol (0.8 per thousand) for some of
them. They say it’s to early to draw any conclutions, but the Danish
Legemiddelstyrelsen (the Danish FDA), are saying they will contact
other countries, and ask if they have noticed any of this problems. I
will try to pass along an abstract of this “obduction-study” when it
becomes available.

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My Husband Just Lost His Life on Meridia.

“I don’t want anyone else going through the pain I have been through.”

 

I am trying to find all the information I can about Meridia. I want to share my story so that others may be able to avoid a similar situation through this knowledge.

My husband was given a prescription for this new diet pill in conjunction with a weight loss program. He had already been on the weight loss program for approximately 6 weeks and was losing weight at a fairly rapid rate. Eleven weeks after starting this medication, he died. He was buried one month after his 43rd birthday. The medical examiner listed “dilated cardiomyopathy” as the cause of death.

No one else was home when it happened; but from all the signs, he must have felt short of breath as he was found with his belt and pants undone. He fell over face first and his arms were down at his sides, so no attempt to break his fall was made. I was told that he probably was dead when he fell.

Approximately one to two hours before his death, friends had stopped by. They have commented on how upbeat and healthy he seemed to be. He was just finishing mowing the lawn and did not appear to be out of breath or physically stressed at that point.

I am having a gut instinct that something is wrong here. If he had a prior heart condition, he should not have been put on Meridia according to all the information I have read so far. And if there was a prior heart condition it should have been detected by the doctor managing the weight loss program (an EKG was done I am told).

I am very concerned that there may be a lot of “guinea pigs” testing out this diet pill and I don’t want anyone else going through the pain I have been through. I have heard that a couple of hospitals in our area have taken all patients off of it and that doctors are not to prescribe it, but I can’t get any hard facts.

Any help or information would be greatly appreciated. And I would very much like to hear from anyone with ANY bad experiences with Meridia. Thank you for caring.

Cheryl Steiner, Chelsea, Michigan
cheryl@provide.net

Years 2000 and Prior

This is Survivor Story number 64.
Total number of stories in current database is 96

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