Thursday, July 27, 2017

Comments by andy013

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  • Hi James, my doctor told me the same thing, “there is no such thing as withdrawal” and “don’t believe internet horror stories”. The thing that frustrates me the most is the confidence many doctors make these assertions with. How can they be so confident about something they are so wrong about? I think Mark Twain was right: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

    I’m really glad you had the courage to start this podcast. I think the more awareness we can get about these problems the better and your podcast is a significant contribution.

  • It’s interesting in this article that they note that doses exceeding 40mg lack evidence of additional benefit, yet when you reduce someone down to 40mg they may have “worsening mental health disorders”. How could that possibly be? You get no benefit from increasing the dose, but when you lower it you get worse. Surely this is evidence of harm caused by the drug.

    It is interesting that they do not mention withdrawal effects at all in this article. Even if the authors hypothesis was true (that lowering the dose resulted in worsening of the underlying “mental illness”), you would think that they would at least mention that some of the hospitalizations could have been the result of withdrawal effects.

  • Partly reducing the dose will still produce discontinuation symptoms. You don’t need to go complete off the drug. If you go from 80mg down to 40mg then you will almost certainly get withdrawal symptoms that can be easily mistaken as a “return of the original condition”. This study illustrates how dangerous it can be to rapidly discontinue these drugs.

  • Hi Someone Else, I read your comment and I am interested to hear more about your experience. Are you saying you still experience symptoms even 15 years after stopping an SSRI? I assume it was worse in the early period of withdrawal. Did you notice gradual improvements over time? I always assumed the brain zaps were a short term thing.