posted on Jan, 16 2011 @ 12:39 PM
I can vouch for that fact that these medications are being overly prescribed, and prescribed inappropriately.
It actually sickens me. They have a function and can be enormously helpful when they are actually needed.
I saw a SEVEN year old child who had been prescribed Risperdal, a very powerful antipsychotic. There was NO psychotic diagnosis. When I asked his
mother what the doctor said when he gave her the Rx, she said he told her it was to be used as a sleeping aid. This is when I want to use these
I actually called this doctor. lol. I wondered why he had prescribed an unproven medication, which is clearly not intended for persons less than the
age of 18, for sleeping, when he could have prescribed a simple "sleeping aid".
He said, "well then, tell her to discontinue it". I said I would. End of that conversation. With children they use these medications as chemical
restraints, as I have said many times before. Completely inappropriate, and we don't even know all the long term effects yet. Some of them are
beginning to show symptoms of tardive dyskenisia, and these are irreversible side effects from these "state of the art" medications.. Not a pretty
It doesn't help when the drug companies are permitted to go on television and peddle their toxic wares, suggesting they treat everything from
depression to fibromyalgia. Of course then the patient sees the doctor and requests the medication, and he is the one who writes the Rx, so that's
ultimately where the buck stops.
Again, don't let it appear that I am bashing all these meds. I'm not. They have their place, and can greatly contribute to an otherwise
dysfunctional person being able to fully function.
But I am concerned they are overly prescribed. Way overly prescribed.