Building networks

We need your help to build a network of healthcare professionals who engage with patients when they report prescription drug side effects. At the moment, we are focusing on:

  • Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD)
  • Post-Finasteride Syndrome (PFS)
  • Post-Retinoid Sexual Dysfunction (PRSD)*
  • Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)
  • Enduring Withdrawal Syndrome

*Sexual dysfunction after stopping isotretinoin (Accutane)

However, we welcome reports on other conditions as well.

How it works

Step 1 – Complete a RxISK Report.

This is an online report that takes about 10 minutes to complete. We will email you a copy of the completed report together with a score indicating how likely it is that your problem is caused by your drug.

Step 2 – Print out the email and the PDF and take them to your healthcare professional. This could be a medical doctor, nurse, psychologist, therapist, pharmacist, or similar.

Step 3 – Ask your healthcare professional to go to https://rxisk.org/hcp-comment/ and leave a comment saying whether they agree or disagree that the drug has caused your problem. Those who agree, or those who disagree but provide a convincing alternate explanation, will be added to the map.

There is a unique share code on the RxISK Report which your healthcare professional needs to use so that we know whose report they are commenting on.

None of your personal details or the doctor’s actual comment will be published. The plan is to list the doctor’s name, the medical facility where they work and which condition they have reviewed ie. PSSD, PFS, PRSD, etc.

Why is this important?

For more information about the RxISK Map and why it’s important, watch the video below.

We also have a number of blog posts which describe the background to the RxISK Map, and provide further details of how and why to get the support of your doctor:

Also check out our RxISK Prize campaign.

We would be interested to hear about your encounter with the healthcare professional – you can leave a comment below.


  1. Hi,

    I am a psychiatrist who has migrated to New Zealand less than 2 years ago. I have only completed my training in psychiatry about 5 years ago and my registration in NZ is still “provisional”. For that reason I still hesitate to speak out and say to other psychiatrists, especially senior ones at my DHB, what I think. I have started to print and hand guides from rxisk.org to my clients and I use the site to find out about side effects. I work in a community secondary MH service setting. I find most of my work in the past 1.5 years to be carefully and slowly taking most of my clients off some of their medications and lowering doses, trying to maintain them on one medication if possible, if long-term medication seems necessary. I hardly ever perscribe SSRIs as I find them mostly useless and sometimes dangerous. I try to listen to my clients and find out what exactly they feel the drug is doing to them – this is thanks to reading “Psychiatric Drugs Explained”. I find that in NZ many clients are prescribed unbelievable cocktails of medications. I also find that any comments I make to senior psychiatrists about such matters arouse either irritation, scepticism and occasionally some lip service to the fact that we should not focus on medications to the exclusion of other elements of care and treatment. I don’t think I would be able to speak freely at this stage without jeopardizing my position and registration, on which my family’s residence in NZ depends (we are originally from Israel but would never go back there as we strongly disagree with that country’s human rights abuses).

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