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Thursday, April 17, 2008

SSRi Withdrawal Support Needed

Blogging about this problem may have opened the eyes of GP's, partners watching loved ones go through withdrawal hell etc... but what is needed is some form of hotline or even individual classes set up around the country to help those suffering with SSRi withdrawal.

First acknowledgement is needed that withdrawal is a severe problem with SSRi's. WE know it is as WE have suffered this. Our problem lies with the regulator and manufacturers of these drugs.

As long as comments are abound from Pharma spokespersons such as Mary Anne Rhyne (GSK) then there will be a huge amount of un-needed suffering.

"If discontinuation reactions occur in patients stopping Paxil, the majority will experience symptoms that are mild to moderate in intensity, and are usually limited to two weeks"

If Pharma were to come out and acknowledge the severe withdrawal symptoms that would be a start. An alcoholic needs to acknowledge he/she is an alcoholic before they can even begin on that road to recovery - same way a drug addict does. If either the alcoholic or drug addict were told that the effects of their chosen vice were 'mild to moderate' then there would be no call for support groups would there?

Obviously, it is common knowledge that alcohol and illegal drugs (some legal) are bad for you. The point of this blog and I'm sure many others... along with websites, is to bring about awareness, not for those suffering but for those who have never suffered, for those that watch loved ones go through the suffering. It is also about making the regulator aware that these are not just anecdotal stories. Something needs to be done and it needs to be done NOW.

Janice Simmons of the Seroxat & SSRi User Group has been calling for support groups for years now. Hopefully her meeting with Kent Woods, CEO of the MHRA, will be a starting point to get these groups into swing. People need help and they are not getting it. It's time for change... DO IT TODAY.

To learn more of the proposed withdrawal support groups contact Janice Simmons via her website: Seroxat & SSRi User Group.

Or contact her direct via email HERE

Read the new book, The Evidence, However, Is Clear...The Seroxat Scandal

By Bob Fiddaman

ISBN: 978-1-84991-120-7
CHIPMUNKA PUBLISHING

AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD HERE


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