drug withdrawal

Experts call for fewer antidepressants to be prescribed in UK

“Open letter to government from experts and politicians says rising usage ‘is a clear example of over-medicalisation’” This report by Tobi Thomas has been published in The Guardian. It begins: “Medical experts and politicians have called for the amount of antidepressants…
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The government has a moral duty to help those harmed by prescribed dependence forming drugs

This “ open letter by healthcare professionals ” calls for specialist NHS services to support patients harmed by taking prescription medications. Published in the British Medical Journal, the letter begins: “This week, BBC1’s Panorama drew sharp attention to the problem of prescribed drug dependence and…
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The experiences of 585 people when they tried to withdraw from antipsychotic drugs

This research paper from Prof. John Read has been published in Addictive Behaviors Reports. The abstract says: “Introduction Many recipients of antipsychotic drugs try to stop taking them, primarily because of distressing adverse effects. Little research has been undertaken into the withdrawal…
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Estimating Risk of Antidepressant Withdrawal from a Review of Published Data

This article – from Mark Abie Horowitz, Adele Framer, Michael P. Hengartner, Anders Sørensen & David Taylor – has been published in the journal CNS Drugs. The abstract says: “Adaptation of the brain to the presence of a drug predicts withdrawal…
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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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