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Study Reveals An Increase In Long-Term Antidepressant Drug Use

There are 8 comments on the Medical News Today story from Oct 24, 2009, titled Study Reveals An Increase In Long-Term Antidepressant Drug Use. In it, Medical News Today reports that:

Main Category: Depression Also Included In: Primary Care / General Practice ; IT / Internet / E-mail Article Date: 24 Oct 2009 - 0:00 PDT A dramatic rise in antidepressant prescriptions issued by GPs has been caused by a year on year increase in the number of people taking antidepressant drugs on a long-term basis, according to researchers from the ...

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“Today is a new day.”

Since: Sep 09

Indiana

#2 Nov 1, 2009
Well, the best information I got out of that was "dont be lazy or you will be ill quickly honestly thanks" 'cuz I'm pretty sure everyone in this forum knows of what you speak.

By the way - I was put on Xanax XR a few years back by a "nice" Dr. & it was prescribed - although he had to document it differently - for my tight muscles & tendons. It worked freakin' wonders & I would still be on it if I hadn't had abused them like I did. Now I get to walk around w/ stiff, tight muscles all the time in my back. It's not pleasant.:(

I was taking these twice a day every day for almost a year & they were the 3 milligram ones. As far as I know that's the biggest benzo available. I quit them cold turkey w/ no withdrawal effects except for some mild muscle spasms & a little bit of mental anguish - but nothing that couldn't be overcome within a week or so.

J.D.
Orly III

London, UK

#3 Nov 2, 2009
I am not an expert so don't take everything written as gospel but this is worthy of discussion.

Although sounds advice I wonder if you've (soma13) ever experienced or known anyone one with severe depression, Bi-Polar or similar.

It's not a case of 'pull your socks up' and don't be lazy (although certainly in some cases that is true). Depression can be mild to utterly debilitating where the individual affected cannot function. They don't eat, sleep all day, don't wash, find nothing in life rewarding etc which is ironic as AD's work in a similar manner turning patients into emotionless zombies for want of a better word.

AD's epecially the new generations SSRI's and SNRI's are research chemicals nothing more and nothing less. The long term damage associated with these is still 'years on' pretty much an unknown.

Just as a point of interest patients shouldn't be cycled on and off the same AD as it has been demonstrated they become less effective when this occurs. They also shouldn't be cycled on and off a variety of AD's except of course where the side effects are intolerable. It can take many months even years for a patient to find an AD that works and doesn't result in severe side effects continuing beyond the normal ~6 weeks introduction period.

They are most certainly habit forming and discontinuation can be horrific if the dose is not tapered over a reasonable period of time. Alas MD's and GP's seldom inform their patients.

Big Pharma companies routinely tweak a patented Brand and so invent a new Brand which they can patent then invent a new condition (Mental Disorder) in order to convince the FDA and BMA to licence them. Big Pharma also invent new conditions in order to extend their patent rights to existing AD's.

I feel sorry for those in the USA without insurance as medication costs a small fortune as the Pharma Companies have a stranglehold on the market thanks to their well paid lobbyists convincing politicians to prevent imports and even the introduction and sale of even US manufactured generics. I hope Obama does the right thing.

Oxterzon I'm curious about your response RE: Alprazolam were you saying they had an anti-depressant effect? The reason I ask is I read a Medical Paper recently that demonstrated Alprazolma had AD qualities although this study hadn't been peer reviewed I still found it interesting. Even if it was found say Alprazolam was more effective than an AD's the Government wouldn't allow GP's to script them anyway. Seems GP's are liberal with scripts for AD's for pretty much any ailment much in the same way historically they were with Diazepam.

I'm pretty certain in years to come that AD's will hit the front page and it won't be to expound their virtues. I know they have already .. Paxil I believe where the maunfacturer buried trials which clearly demonstrated an increased propensity for patients to commit suicide.

Tragic in 21st century that the bottom line is all that matters to the Pharmacuetical Industry.

pally pete

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#4 Nov 2, 2009
Orly III wrote:
'pull your socks up' and don't be lazy (although certainly in some cases that is true).
thats the worst tthing you can tell a clnically depressed person,believe me if they could they would but its not that simple (although it seems that simple to somebody who is not overwhelmed with depression
cluckcluckbang

India

#5 Nov 2, 2009
Orly III wrote:
I am not an expert so don't take everything written as gospel but this is worthy of discussion.
Although sounds advice I wonder if you've (soma13) ever experienced or known anyone one with severe depression, Bi-Polar or similar.
It's not a case of 'pull your socks up' and don't be lazy (although certainly in some cases that is true). Depression can be mild to utterly debilitating where the individual affected cannot function. They don't eat, sleep all day, don't wash, find nothing in life rewarding etc which is ironic as AD's work in a similar manner turning patients into emotionless zombies for want of a better word.
AD's epecially the new generations SSRI's and SNRI's are research chemicals nothing more and nothing less. The long term damage associated with these is still 'years on' pretty much an unknown.
Just as a point of interest patients shouldn't be cycled on and off the same AD as it has been demonstrated they become less effective when this occurs. They also shouldn't be cycled on and off a variety of AD's except of course where the side effects are intolerable. It can take many months even years for a patient to find an AD that works and doesn't result in severe side effects continuing beyond the normal ~6 weeks introduction period.
They are most certainly habit forming and discontinuation can be horrific if the dose is not tapered over a reasonable period of time. Alas MD's and GP's seldom inform their patients.
Big Pharma companies routinely tweak a patented Brand and so invent a new Brand which they can patent then invent a new condition (Mental Disorder) in order to convince the FDA and BMA to licence them. Big Pharma also invent new conditions in order to extend their patent rights to existing AD's.
I feel sorry for those in the USA without insurance as medication costs a small fortune as the Pharma Companies have a stranglehold on the market thanks to their well paid lobbyists convincing politicians to prevent imports and even the introduction and sale of even US manufactured generics. I hope Obama does the right thing.
Oxterzon I'm curious about your response RE: Alprazolam were you saying they had an anti-depressant effect? The reason I ask is I read a Medical Paper recently that demonstrated Alprazolma had AD qualities although this study hadn't been peer reviewed I still found it interesting. Even if it was found say Alprazolam was more effective than an AD's the Government wouldn't allow GP's to script them anyway. Seems GP's are liberal with scripts for AD's for pretty much any ailment much in the same way historically they were with Diazepam.
I'm pretty certain in years to come that AD's will hit the front page and it won't be to expound their virtues. I know they have already .. Paxil I believe where the maunfacturer buried trials which clearly demonstrated an increased propensity for patients to commit suicide.
Tragic in 21st century that the bottom line is all that matters to the Pharmacuetical Industry.
...I was prescribed alprazolam as AD by my GP. I didn't know it was a benzo back then, first pill I took I hit the deck and Mrs. had to put me to bed, zonked mate.

And I was supposed to be looking after two children on this three times a day? Holy cat.

We swtiched to something else. I think he just wanted me FEELING better quickly.

Precisely the reason I now self-prescribe diazepam.
Been there

Delafield, WI

#6 Jan 30, 2010
WOW. That is so ignorant. People with major depression aren't always able to overcome their symptoms without many months of antidepressants, psychotherapy, and soul-searching. As if you are giving some expert opinion, at least learn how to spell antidepressant.
soma13 wrote:
anti deppresants should at most only be taken for 6mths and weind off then if symptoms persist put on to a different kind also every anti depressant i know of has side effects so i would say walk lots do things to occupy your time keep active even if it means going to shop 5 to 10 times a day as this focuses your mind and keeps it used only to remember what you have to go out for you will be training your mind so it wont have as much time to be depressed and keep at it as a pill like anti depresants often make things worse michael a manic depressant this works for most but dont be lazy or you will be ill quickly honestly thanks
Asa
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Germany

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UK

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