I have read the book and many many others one of my favs Our Daily Meds..Anatatomy of an Epidemic there are many Your Drug May be Your Problem... the list goes on.<quoted text>
I tapered to fast as i thought seeing it had a long half life i might try to stop a little quicker. In hindsight it was definitely to fast, but i feel i am commited now. I did take effexor for 8 months and did a 3 month taper and was better after a month. It was easy to think i was doing better than i was due to the delayed withdrawals on prozac. Also maybe i fell for the, prozac is the least likely to cause withdrawal, which angers me as it is all over the web.
The WHO warning infuriates me as well. I am not sure if most doctors and shrinks are naive, ignorant or extremely arrogant. In New Zealand there is a complete lack of information and reporting. We can not even report on suicide in this country, yet the rate remains very high.
If you read David Healeys "let them eat prozac", you will see how corrupt Big Pharma and many psychatrists and doctors are. They control most of the literature. Big Pharma have massive control, and are the largest lobbyists in Washington i believe.
What infuriates me with doctors is discounting anecdotal case reports of withdrawal from patients, when they only use anecdotal evidence to diagnose in the first place. Telling you withdrawal is depression coming back, and keeping you hooked on these drugs.
Thank god for the internet it seems it is the last place Big Pharma cannot control. I am partly to blame for being so naive as to trust doctors and not bothering to do research myself. I guess when i was well i just got on with things and forgot about it.
Don't blame yourself it is hard to find information even with the inter net there are lots of pharma sponsored site that come up with crap information before you ever get to a decent withdrawal site. I has gotten better in the past few years... don't kid yourself pharma is all over the internet and on these sites too...they are effing everywhere trying to protect their livelyhood fighting for their lives all I can say to that is I know how they feel I was fighting for mine too and thanks to their self interest my livelyhood was destroyed...seems only fair they come crashing down but I will not hold my breath waiting for that to happen they have power on their side and always have.
If you look at the sites that deal with withdrawal paxilprogress started in 2004 these drug hit the market in the 80's so they had a 24 year head start with all that time to make money off the drugs and they have huge huge profits from these meds they can afford the best lobbiest and lawyers paid for with our money they got for the drugs now they use it all against us bastards. Not just us already damaged folk but millions more set up to fail and be damaged and sell their souls to pharma reps... it just keeps going. I hate it.