drug withdrawal

Pharmaceutical Journal: Deep disappointment as government scraps plan for national helpline

Writing for The Pharmaceutical Journal, Julia Robinson reports : “The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will not be taking forward recommendations to set up a helpline to support patients struggling with prescribed drug dependence, The Pharmaceutical Journal has learned. This follows…
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Common Statistical Method Conflates Withdrawal with Relapse

“Researchers argue that common study methods for psychiatric drugs may inadvertently minimize withdrawal effects and inflate drug efficacy.“ This article by Peter Simons has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “Survival analysis is a statistical technique often used to…
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New paper on how to stop antipsychotic drugs deemed ‘historic breakthrough’

“Stopping medications is an important part of the job of a psychiatrist, yet it has received relatively little attention. In clinical practice, I often see patients perking up when they reduce their antipsychotic medication, and they tell me that they…
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Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal

This book has been written by D E Foster: “Do you suffer from anxiety or insomnia? Have you ever taken Xanax to help? What about Klonopin, Ativan, or Valium? Perhaps Ambien or Lunesta? Over 36 million people in the U.S. take…
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I know antidepressant withdrawal symptoms are real. Why didn’t doctors?

Writing in The Guardian newspaper, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett says: “It’s something of a relief to see before you, written down in black and white, what you have known to be true for a long time: in this case, that antidepressant withdrawal symptoms aren’t, well,…
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How to Find Other People Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs: Introducing TWP Connect

The owners of the TWP Connect website say: “… you might be thinking about possibly reducing one or more of your psychiatric medications—or perhaps you’re supporting or working with someone who is. Maybe you began a taper a few weeks or months…
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