reply to post by marg6043
I find this so troubling. I really do. At times I want to believe that physicians are not intentionally doing this....they only know what is
published by the pharm companies, and what they are told in the tete a tete interviews.
BUT when my doctor retired, a younger guy right out of med school took his place in the practice, and I decided to try him. He prescribed a
medication for me that I took for four months, then self-discontinued it due to a side effect of profound exhaustion
After 72 hours of being off the medication I was thrown into an enormous "discontinuation syndrome". At that time the pharma knew there was a
withdrawal syndrome, but had not published it. I later learned the clinical study was supposed to be eight months on 80 people, but when I read the
clinical trial, they had only tested it for four months on 40 people (in a third world country). (But see, the FDA permitted them to market it
anyway, even with the evident inadequate trial). It was Glaxco-Smith-Kline if anyone is interested. Now, is Glaxco-Welcome or something.
Anyway, when I went to see my "new" doctor in full blown withdrawal, he got out his little pocket computer, then told me "No, there is no
withdrawal syndome associated with this". THEN. He patted me on the back and said "we need to write you up in a journal". The condescension and
I enlisted some friends and we got on the computer and printed out the pending class action suit, the pages of people having the same symptoms as me,
which amounted to around 100 pages. I then took these to his office in a file and had a nurse put it on his desk. Arrogant little twit.
The withdrawal symptoms lasted 120 days. I logged it.
I didn't go back to him due to his arrogance, and refusal to take me seriously. But since, I've told myself it was the drug company misleading
doctor's, that most of them are not intentionally trying to hurt us.
Now, with that medication it is clearly marked that you must "taper off", and the withdrawal syndrome is clearly stated on their web site.
And having a physician who wants to prescribe a second..and third...medication to mask/deal with the side effects is just as bad. I'm not going to
play that game either Marg.
Sorry for this. It is my one true "rant" in life. Don't get me started on what they do to children.