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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.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/medwatch-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.org/ama/pub/education-careers/becoming-physician/medical-licensure/state-medical-boards.page

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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.com/news/2011/08/24/celexa-linked-to-heart-damage-when-taken-at-high-doses/28914.html

 

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/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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Go to https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/medwatch-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.adverseevents.com/drugevent.php?AEDrugID=681&reac=Drug+Withdrawal+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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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/AboutFDA/ReportsManualsForms/Reports/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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Barbarannamated   
Barbarannamated

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.

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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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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/

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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.com/news/2011/08/24/celexa-linked-to-heart-damage-when-taken-at-high-doses/28914.html

 

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/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?

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Altostrata   
Altostrata

Bumping to remind all to report adverse drug reactions to the FDA!

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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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Yes, "plain old" withdrawal is an adverse event!!!!

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alexjuice   
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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.

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starlitegirlx   
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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.

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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://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2866-david-healys-rxiskorg-wants-withdrawal-stories/

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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://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2866-david-healys-rxiskorg-wants-withdrawal-stories/

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purcy51   
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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.

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firecracker   
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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.

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