A 329 Story

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September 14, 2015 | 10 Comments


  1. I would say it is difficult to filter out the effect of the marijuana. The “self medicating” con is often another way of selling SSRIs. Do not underestimate or dismiss the often subtle and long term effects of cannabis use, especially in someone so young and do not underestimate the effect of cannabis being taken in combination with an SSRI.

  2. I think it would take more pot, for a longer period, to produce the personality changes and other problems this young woman suffered. But you are right PCNG – we know almost nothing about the combination of pot and SSRI’s. It’s just as true for alcohol and SSRI’s unfortunately.

    My hat is off to her for escaping this trap, with not near enough help from the adults around her!

    She mentions her family taking her to Kaiser Permanente for help. Kaiser’s health plan and its foundation were major sponsors of that idiotic “study” last year trying to link the FDA warnings on antidepressants for teens to an uptick in suicide attempts, and I think I know why. They have also sponsored multiple studies of what I’d call “Minimalist Mental Health Treatment” – SSRI’s plus brief group therapy, SSRI’s plus telephone or e-mail based “counseling”, SSRI’s plus computer-based lessons in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques, etc.

    Recent US laws have mandated that insurance cover mental-health care equally with physical health, so the race is on to come up with cheap, profitable “treatments” that can win a medical stamp of approval. Kaiser’s California HMOs, once considered excellent comprehensive plans, have become so notorious for cheap inadequate treatment that they were fined by the state for denying adequate mental health care. Luckily a large chunk of their non-MD professionals are unionized. Their union, the NUHW, staged a walkout last year warning that Kaiser’s cutbacks were leading to preventable suicides.

    Some folks have scoffed at the notion that big corporations would still scramble to promote SSRI’s and hide their problems. Since the pills are off-patent now and therefore cheap, why would this make a difference profit-wise? This is one reason why …

  3. It might be important to note that Paxil was the gateway drug, not marijuana. Was true in my case as well except what followed were years of diagnosis of serious mental illness and all sorts of prescribed drugs in all sorts of combinations that have not even been tested. All started with GP prescribing Paxil for life events and then not recognizing adverse effects as such. Paxil = Gateway Drug.

    There are studies that indicate marijuana may have a neuroprotective benefit in alcoholism and I almost wish I had taken it in combination with or better yet, in place of the Klonopin I was compliant to take (with a host of other meds) as prescribed for 8 years. The jury is still out on marijuana, and like all drugs it has it’s down sides, but one positive is that no doctor gets paid to shove it down your throat.

  4. A Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency spokesman added: ‘As with all medicines we will continue to monitor emerging evidence and issue updated advice where necessary.’

    This is all very well, pcng, but this stuff was crawling all over the press in 2002 when I took considerable interest in anything to do with ssris…

    Do the MHRA now have a department solely responsible for “monitoring emerging evidence”?

    Do the MHRA issue “updated advice where necessary”?

    What is the name of the MHRA spokesperson?

    Will the MHRA spokesperson be reading the BMJ this week with Study329?

    Where will this leave the MHRA and their four year investigation?

    Why are these dangerous drugs still called ‘medicine’ and not ‘mad i sin’?

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3235530/Could-Prozac-make-violent-People-antidepressants-50-likely-convicted-assault-murder.html#ixzz3lsOfQeeu
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    The Daily Mail often journalises inflammatory articles, and, this is the problem with the Daily Mail…from the lay readers perspective.

    At what point will the Daily Mail involve itself in Study329.org and the British Medical Journal.

    I guess we will wait and see…..

  5. My 34 year old daughter took Paxil 16 years ago when she was pregnant and her son’s teeth are permanently damaged (a very yellowing, almost fuzzy appearance) that is not normal so the only conclusion we can determine is that it was caused from Paxil. Has anyone else seen this in their children or grandchildren? And if so, is there a name for this condition?

    My daughter also revealed just how god awful the withdrawals were from this drug. And I mean very bad. And I can’t imagine anything worse that a benzodiazepine withdrawal (I’ve endured a ‘cold turkey’ Klonopin withdrawal) but it sounded very close to it.

    Thank you.

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