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#1 Altostrata

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 08:02 AM

The US Food and Drug Administration gathers aftermarket reports of adverse drug reactions from consumers. (Under the Obama administration, this reporting system was recently improved.)

To report your adverse reactions and withdrawal symptoms, complete the FDA MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form (3500) online at https://www.accessda...atch-online.htm or by phone 1-800-332-1088

(Citizens of countries other than the US may also report to the FDA's MedWatch system.)

In the US, you can also file a complaint about your doctor with your state medical board.

Here are links to the state medical boards:
http://www.ama-assn....cal-boards.page

Edited by Altostrata, 24 August 2012 - 11:43 AM.
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#2 Altostrata

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 04:32 PM

Recently, the FDA sent out a warning to doctors not to prescribe Celexa at dosages greater than 40mg because higher dosages cause potentially dangerous disruption of heart rhythm. (By the way, all antidepressants prolong the cardiac QT interval.)

http://psychcentral....oses/28914.html

http://www.fda.gov/S...s/ucm269481.htm

The FDA issued this warning because of post-marketing reports. This indicates someone is reading some of these reports.

File a post-marketing report with the FDA here.
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#3 Altostrata

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 11:33 AM

Go to https://www.accessda...atch-online.htm to enter an adverse event report in the FDA database or
phone 1-800-332-1088


(Citizens of countries other than the US may also report to the FDA's MedWatch system.)

Now, the FDA has been collecting these adverse reports for many years, but has been crippled by no system to analyze the information in its database.

A private company, AdverseEvents.com, has been formed to create and sell reports based on the data in the FDA adverse events database. They say they update them real-time, meaning directly from the FDA database.

Some basic statistics are available free from this company. Go to http://www.adverseevents.com/ and click on the Patients button to get access to this information.

For example, if you search on "paxil" and click on "drug withdrawal syndrome," ( http://www.adverseev...drawal Syndrome ), you'll find

adverseevents.com_paxilwithdrawal.png

Report your withdrawal problems to the FDA here. Eventually, this will end up in AdverseEvents.com reports, we will be able to retrieve it, and it will add to our ammunition to get medicine to recognize the severity of this problem.

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#4 Altostrata

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 09:19 AM

It's true the FDA has been incompetent to do the data mining itself. As ever, it's working on systems http://www.fda.gov/A...s/ucm274442.htm

Conceivably, a patient or patient groups could commission a special report from AdverseEvents.com. But the data has to be in the FDA's Adverse Events database first!!!!!!
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#5 Barbarannamated

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 12:40 PM

How to circumvent the FDA altogether? Or, is there any method to collect data retrospectively (retroactively?) from the massive numbers of events that were never reported and just medicated or attributed to the original 'disease state/disorder'? The magnitude is incomprehensible. To me.
Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

#6 Altostrata

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 03:45 PM

David Healy has raised money for another adverse events system, http://Rxisk.org

Like AdverseEvents.com, one of its sources is the FDA Adverse Events Reporting System (AERS) database.

Report your adverse event with psychiatric drugs to the FDA now
-- it will end up in a report Dr. Healy can use to limit the use of these drugs.
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#7 Altostrata

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 12:48 PM

The UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) publishes practice guidelines for National Health Service doctors in the UK. See NICE antidepressant discontinuation guidelines for UK doctors

UK residents, you may wish tell NICE of your experience with your doctor and point out gaps in these guidelines -- write nice@nice.org.uk

and submit a Yellow Card adverse event report here http://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/

Edited by Altostrata, 10 July 2012 - 04:00 PM.
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 10:21 AM

Recently, the FDA sent out a warning to doctors not to prescribe Celexa at dosages greater than 40mg because higher dosages cause potentially dangerous disruption of heart rhythm. (By the way, all antidepressants prolong the cardiac QT interval.)

http://psychcentral....oses/28914.html

http://www.fda.gov/S...s/ucm269481.htm

The FDA issued this warning because of post-marketing reports. This indicates someone is reading some of these reports.

File a post-marketing report with the FDA here.

However, I saw another advisory recently that the Qt interval while on Celexa is now not as serious as first thought. Any takers on this?
History:
1995--Prozac--Quit CT by GP
1995--Effexor--Quit per my GP
1996--Amitriphene--Quit CT when changed GP
2005--Citalopram and BusPar. Prescribed when I decompensated in my GP's office. GP referred me to behavior health. Psychiatrist prescibed these drugs. Taken off citalopram in 2011 due to FDA warning. Quit Buspar during transition to viibryd.
Viibryd--2011 to present. Had a severe reaction in March 2012. Advised both GP and Psychiatrist I was trying to get off these drugs.

#9 Altostrata

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:54 PM

meistersinger, we have several articles on the citalopram warning in the Media forum, for example http://survivinganti...6447#entry26447
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#10 Altostrata

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:56 PM

If you are Australian, you may wish to report your adverse reaction to

Australian Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting System

https://www.ebs.tga....RS/ADRSRepo.nsf
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#11 Altostrata

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:46 AM

Bumping to remind all to report adverse drug reactions to the FDA!
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:59 AM

David Healy has raised money for another adverse events system, http://Rxisk.org

Like AdverseEvents.com, one of its sources is the FDA Adverse Events Reporting System (AERS) database.

Report your adverse event with psychiatric drugs to the FDA now
-- it will end up in a report Dr. Healy can use to limit the use of these drugs.

Alto.. is plain old withdrawal considered an adverse event?

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:19 PM

Yes, "plain old" withdrawal is an adverse event!!!!
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#14 alexjuice

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 12:28 AM

I wish I knew precisely what to attribute to what. Once I figured I'd taken 20 or so medications over 14 years. By year 2, I was never on just one medication at any one time, except right now (if one concedes a benzo is a benzo is a benzo). I'm pretty sure it was my SSRI which induced alcohol cravings, but I was never drinking alcohol and taking just an antidepressant. The only adverse reaction I can ascribe to any med with certainty is a minor one. In 1998 I trialed Paxil. I quickly developed a skin rash on my chest and Dr. removed the Pacil for Celexa.

"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

- Zimmerman


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 12:13 PM

I just tried filling out the form and as it is structured with certain boxes you have to check, it is difficult to find ones that are suitable for withdrawal from ADs.

#16 Altostrata

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:12 AM

Dr. Healy has started a withdrawal syndrome survey to gather data for Rxisk.org, go to http://RxISK.org/SoS and enter your information.

(If anything seems confusing, send the Rxisk folks a note, they want to know how well this is working.)

Our discussion of Rxisk.org is here http://survivinganti...drawal-stories/
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Posted 30 March 2015 - 12:38 AM

Just adding the link for patients to report adverse events in Europe.

 

http://www.adrreports.eu


Feb 2015 Took venlafaxine for 5 days only... experienced withdrawal that made me completely non-functional

Mar 2015 took under 1mg of Sertraline for 10 days in an attempt to combat Venlafaxine withdrawal. Got adverse reactions. 

After stopping Sertraline, withdrawal got much worse. New, horrific symptoms. 

June 2015 Still non-functional but slowly getting better. Still brain zaps, migraines, sweating, heart racing, depression, crying spells

September 2015: 24/7 brain zaps, twitches in the face, no concentration, bad memory, language skills deteriorating. 

 

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 06:27 PM

Dr. Healy has started a withdrawal syndrome survey to gather data for Rxisk.org, go to http://RxISK.org/SoS and enter your information.

(If anything seems confusing, send the Rxisk folks a note, they want to know how well this is working.)

Our discussion of Rxisk.org is here http://survivinganti...drawal-stories/

Done


1999 - 2004 Paroxetine 20mg  -> 2004 - 2007 Citalopram 20mg -> 2007 -  short term Trazedone use (insomnia) -> 2007 - 2009 Fluoxetine 20mg  ->

2009 - Jan 2012 Citalopram 20mg  (Spring / Summer 2012 protracted withdrawal & related agoraphobia) -> 2012 - September Restarted Citalopram - unbearable start up effects. Discontinued in under 1 week -> Oct 12 -   October 2014 Escitalopram - 10mg prescribed. Started on 5mg and worked up to 10mg in 2.5mg increments  -> Oct 2014  - 5mg; 30/03/15 2.5mg; 15/04/15 3.5mg; 20/05/15 2.9mg;  19/09/15 2.8mg; 30/10/15 2.7mg; 13/11/15 2.6mg. Holding until March.

Diet:  mostly pescatarianl & lots of veg. Weekly offal for b vitamins.  Turmeric, nigella seeds, avocados, apple cider vinegar, coconut products daily. Lots of fluids: water, lemon juice, coconut water, herbal & green tea (decaffeinated).

Supplements: vitamin C 4000mg, Omega 3 fish oil - high DPA & EHA, vitamin E 400iu, vitamin D3 5000mg (Winter only - from sun in Spring / Summer), probiotics.

Current Symptoms: chronic fatigue, erratic sleep, extreme photophobia, eye floaters, noise sensitivity, tinnitus, cognitive & speech difficulties, dizziness, irregular gait, poor co ordination, severe facial and upper body muscle tension, head and neck pressure.

Coping Strategies: good nutrition, cooking, gardening & growing my own food, cycling, dancing, yoga, photography, sewing & creative pursuits, self massage, pampering, meditation, journalling, nature, cuddling cats & humans, laughter & humour, gratitude, self care, aromatherapy, audio books, word games & believing in myself, my potential and my future.

 

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 09:11 PM

Just tried the adverseevents.com link. Seems it is now a company,Advera Health, that helps pharmaceuticals mitigate adverse event reporting. "Spinning" the information so it doesn't looks so bad. Just my impression, I could be wrong.
Currently reinstated Cymbalta(Mar 17,2016) after experiencing withdrawal while switching to Viibryd. Reinstated Cymbalta at 20mg QD.
1999 200mg Zoloft
2010 0mg Zoloft 60mg Cymbalta
2015 60mg Cymbalta 150mg Seroquel 100mg Topamax
Mar. 2016 20mg Cymbalta. 30mg Viibryd doing a quick taper 150mg Seroquel
April 1, 2016 off viibryd, 20mg Cymbalta, 150mg Seroquel
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40mg pantoprazole QD
Also take 75mg plavix QD, 3.125mg carvedilol BID, and 81mg aspirin QD.

#20 firecracker

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 07:48 PM

Dont do it .the fda is one of the most corrupt dept of fed gov how ya think we are how we are more trouble will come to you.


2003- 10mg Paroxetine - .25 Alprazolam later that year went to 20 mg Paroxetine

2004 20 mg paroxetine-./50  Alprazolam

2006 PCP stopped me no taper/ severe withdrawal reinstated all same medication I was told I had to take for my lifetime.

2007 meds never worked as before was uped to 30mg Paroxetine

2008 meds still didn't work only had side effects he sent me to a mental health clinic

2009 20 mg paroxetine/ .25 alprazolam/ 60mg bupropion

2010 4 week taper off paroxetine swicth too 40mg fluoxetine/.25 alprazolam/60mg bupropion/ 20mg oxycodone

2012 same as 2010 except 60mg oxycodone

2013 all the same as 2010 except taking off oxycodone put on suboxone 120 mg later that year no taper off suboxone

2014 40 mg paroxetine/20mg fluoxetine/1mg alprazolam/60 mg adderal/100mg gabapentin

2015 taper paroxetine from 40 mg to 20 mg major reaction of withdrawal back up to 40 mg / every thing else the same

2016 40 mg paroxetine/20mg fluoxetine/ 60mg adderall/ 2mg alprazolam[major health problems from paroxetine taper