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“Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems… Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision.” Dr. Peter Breggin

Sep 17, 2011

Beyond Meds Reports disturbing abuse by psychiatrists

I am going to assume the majority of the patients are on Medicaid or Medicare, federal programs which mandates that mental health services, including 'psychiatric services' are to be "client-centered and directed" to be billable by States to the Federal Medicaid program...

Via:  Beyond Meds Alternatives of Psychiatry

Shrinks get patients hooked on drugs and then cut the cord

The subject of this post is so important I ask that people share it broadly. You have my permission to copy in full as long as you attribute it to this blog. Freeing the population of drugs is a great goal. I fully support it. But until the seriousness of withdrawal syndromes are recognized doing it wholesale like this is a very scary prospect. As these sorts of policies increase in popularity, it’s vital that those implementing them understand what the fallout might be.
I’ve been sitting on this article for a couple of days, feeling like I should say something but these issues tend to make me feel so deeply nauseous and sickened these days that I often don’t get around to this sort of commentary anymore.
A clinic in Louisville, Kentucky is going to stop prescribing Xanax, a benzodiazepine.
from the New York Times:
Because of the clamor for the drug, and concern over the striking number of overdoses involving Xanax here and across the country, Seven Counties took an unusual step — its doctors stopped writing new prescriptions for Xanax and its generic version, alprazolam, in April and plan to wean patients off it completely by year’s end.
The experiment will be closely watched in a state that has wrestled with widespread prescription drug abuse for more than a decade and is grasping for solutions as it claims more lives by the week. While Kentucky and other states have focused largely on narcotic painkiller addiction, experts say that benzodiazepines, the class of sedatives that includes Xanax, are also widely misused or abused, often with grim consequences.
Okay, not prescribing ANY benzo to any new users is a VERY GOOD IDEA. Taking existing users off it, on the other hand is a scary proposition because the medical establishment is in COMPLETE AND TOTAL DENIAL about the seriousness and severity of WITHDRAWAL SYNDROMES.

At Seven Counties, some of the roughly 3,000 patients who were on Xanax have been switched to clonazepam, a longer-acting benzodiazepine that does not kick in as quickly and is thought to pose less risk of addiction.
“They don’t get the high that’s associated with Xanax,” Dr. Hedges said, “nor the withdrawal associated with it.”  (read the article)
Unfortunately that last bolded section is complete and utter bullshit. The withdrawal from clonazepam is potentially just as ugly, debilitating and serious as it is for Xanax.
You know what is going to happen to this mostly poor and uneducated population when they start weaning people too quickly? Because they’re poor, they’re going to be labeled DRUG SEEKING. They’re going to be blamed for their DOCTOR CREATED AND PRESCRIBED addiction. And they’re going to be disbelieved when they present so sick they can hardly stand or do anything at all. They will be told they are crazy drug addicts. It will be thought that it’s a psychiatric issue and not a serious physical illness caused by medical iatrogenesis. And in fact, there will be great resistance to see the truth because the people treating them in withdrawal will be at fault for their condition.
The withdrawal syndrome creates so many odd and terrible symptoms that for some of us last YEARS. It is much worse than opiate withdrawal from all accounts. Without great sensitivity from caretakers to the extreme nature of these symptoms some of these people will be lost to the system forever. It’s really horrifying to me. I know what social service mental health care is like. I worked in these systems the entire time I was a social worker.
I hope that perhaps if you live in Louisville and can talk to anyone with any influence you might share with them the benzo page on this blog as a first place to get some idea of how SEVERE and DANGEROUS benzodiazepine withdrawal is. There are many news items and from there one can proceed with even more research.
It doesn’t matter which benzo is being withdrawn from. Those of us who are sensitive can get grossly and dangerously ill.
Some of us get hypersensitive to ALL psychoactive drugs as a result of this process and cannot take ANYTHING else including and especially benzos ever again as a result of the particular damage to our brains. So without support that frankly DOES NOT exist at these sorts of clinics, we will have complete and total disaster for some of these people. Complete collapse and utter destruction of lives is  quite likely for some significant percentage of people if they don’t have the proper supports to make it through the ugly nature of withdrawal.
In Overcoming Prescription Drug Addiction: A Guide to Coping and Understanding Rod Colvin quotes Ronald Gershman MD who says:
I have treated ten thousand patients for alcohol and drug problems and have detoxed approximately 1,500 patients for benzodiazepines – the detox for the benzodiazepines is one of the hardest detoxes we do. It can take an extremely long time, about half the length of time they have been addicted – the ongoing relentless withdrawals can be so incapacitating it can cause total destruction to one’s life – marriages break up, businesses are lost, bankruptcy, hospitalization, and of course suicide is probably the most single serious side effect.
I’ve needed 24 hour care for about 3 years. I still need almost that much. This is no joke. I have a sophisticated and loving partner who can tease out what is the drug withdrawal and who I really am. I’m sorry, but uneducated poor people won’t have that luxury. Partners of such people suffering from this illness have it really hard even in the best of circumstances. Even if they can understand. If they have no means of understanding what brain damage looks like everyone will suffer so much more terribly. read here


D Bunker said...

The Label Dispensing Clowns peddling these drugs are beneath contempt. They know Full Well what their crap, killer chemicals are, and their modus operandi is:

1: To Hell with the Consumer

2: CYA: Ignore the facts & Stick to the Pharma Bought State Mandated Medication Menu (TMAP Clones) to keep their Lying/Non-Disclosing Butts from being Hung out to Dry in Court.

"Well, your Honor, my client adhered perfectly to the Industry established, "evidence based best practice (BS) Standard of Care" and therefore discharged their "duty of care" appropriately."

"Case Dismissed."

Addict someone to Xanax and then just cut them off Cold Turkey?

The Rebound Effect

And as you already know, (but perhaps some of your readers don't) that "Standard of Care" is rotten to the core from the Top on Down. This sickening piece of bought & paid for Weasel Speak is from the FDA Label on Risperdal.

"Suicide attempt was associated with discontinuation in 1.2% of RISPERDAL treated patients compared to 0.6% of placebo patients, but, given the almost 40-fold greater exposure time in RISPERDAL compared to placebo patients, it is unlikely that suicide attempt is a RISPERDAL -related adverse event see (PRECAUTIONS)"

Unlikely? My Hind Foot!

Medicare & Medicaid? Texas is suing J&J for targeting 85% of the tab for Their drug at Texas State Medicaid, so yes, the Scoundrels are committing FRAUD on both ends of the deal:

1: LYING about their drugs
2: Charging the Public to Sell those Lies.

Unknown said...

"the Scoundrels are committing FRAUD on both ends of the deal" that's not what I call them...


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