Change the way Antidepressants are prescribed.

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If you look at the world today, antidepressants are being passed out like candy.  We see and hear in the news broadcasts that many of the individuals of these mass shootings had some sort of mental issue.

These psycho-stimulants and/or antidepressants may work wonders for some but what about the others?  What about the millions of individuals who have adverse effects that cause them harm like long and short term memory loss, tremors, uncontrollable spending, a hate for society, and even suicide?  What about some of you reading this that have tried 2, 3, 5, maybe 10 or more antidepressants or Psycho-stimulants before they found the one that works but now you have irreversible damage from the other meds you tried before?

My story:

I simply went to my doctor for my annual blood work review.  I told him about the stress I was feeling at work and that I had taken a 'free' mental test online.  This test indicated that it was possible that I had a mild case of depression.  My doctor prescribed me an antidepressant (SSRI) along with Valium to take when I had anxiety.  This was in November of 2017.  I didn't know I had an issue until or an adverse effect until Aug 2017 when I started seeing unrecognizable charges through my PayPal account.  All I will say is the amounts are extreme. The more I tried to remember back to the previous months, I can't.  I don't remember my birthday, most of the summer; I get confused while reading, dizzy, vomit daily, and the list goes on.


Please don't take this as a 'poor me' because it's not.  I'm one of millions of individuals who have had adverse effect to these medications.  I read stories of families who lost a family member due to suicide or attempted suicide.  I have friends who suffer from PTSD who have been on so many different medications and they still don't work for them.  Look, I know that the brain is very complex but we do have technology out there that can possibly help.  No, nothing is 100% but if there is a glimmer of hope to stop the majority of the people from suffering from most of these black box side effects.

I believe we need the following changes:

Give M.D’s and D.O.’s the ability to refer Therapists, Psychiatrists or any medical profession of your liking:

I don’t know about your state but here in PA, when I noticed I had an issue and I was bottoming out, my M.D. could only write down a list of Psychiatrists, I had to make the appointment. I called 10 different people from the list and never received a call back from any of them! Give the M.D.’s and D.O.’s the proper authority to refer a professional so we can get help faster!

Limit what M.D.’s and D.O’s can prescribe and when they do prescribe these medications:

Look, I love my M.D. but I believe that they should have limits placed on them on what they can prescribe (dosage wise) until they can refer the patient to another professional that specialized in the area of treatment that is needed. 

Provide information about the side effects and the possible adverse side effects that can occur:

We all know that know that the FDA places the old ‘black box’ warnings on these medications.  The prescribing medical professional should communicate the possible side/adverse effects of the medications.  In my case, if I had known what to look for, had the information to pass on to my loved ones, they would have seen that I was having issues and I could have alerted the doctor in a timely manner. Again, my heart goes out to people who are reading this and wished their doctor warned them of the adverse effects of the medication (educated them on the product) so they could watch their child or parent more closely for adverse effects.  Maybe their loved ones would still be here today!

Genetic/DNA Testing:

When I realized what was going on, my anger was through the roof. I questioned my Therapist why don’t these big pharma companies study people who have adverse effects compared to having a positive experience?  She then informed me that there is such a test!  They can look at an individual’s DNA and determine the possibilities of side effects. Genesite is one of many that can look at your DNA and determine the possibilities of side effects caused by these antidepressants/psycho stimulants. I do not endorse nor I'm I affiliated with this company in any way, shape, or form.  But could this be a part of the puzzle to help millions of people find the right treatment the first time?  I believe that it surely could not hurt!
I think these tests should become part of the process of prescribing antidepressants/psycho stimulants so we can take a real look at our genetic makeup and insurance companies should recognize these types of tests. The website is https://genesight.com/product/ if you which to see how it works.

Stop Direct-to-Consumer Ads:

New Zealand and the United States are the only two countries that allow DTC Ads!  According to a survey online, 74% of physicians believe that DTC prescription drug ads overemphasize the benefits of the drug which misinforms the patients. They spend more time on the so called ‘benefits’ of their drug than telling the public about the actual studies and findings of ALL the REAL side effects.
As an example of the relax DTC laws, Vioxx was advertised from 1999 to 2004 for arthritis and pain relief.  It was withdrawn from the market for causing strokes and heart attacks, suspected of causing the death in 4,540 mortalities from Jan 1, 1999 to Jun 30, 2005.
Bextra, Quaalude, Cylert, Darvon, and Zelnorm are just a few examples of other products taken off the market for safety concerns AFTER it was advertised to the public.
81% of doctors surveyed in 2013 say that DTC prescription drug ads promote drug over-utilization. As an example, it was found that meds that treat ADHD were prescribed around 25% times more in the USA than in the UK which do not allow DTC ads. 

Pharmaceutical industry tripled spending on marketing psychotropic drugs, including a 500% increase in DTC ads.  The use of psychotropic drugs increased 22% from 2001 - 2010 which results in one out of five adults taking at least one psychotropic drug!

Source: https://prescriptiondrugs.procon.org

 

Ending Statement:


I don't want to suffer anymore and I'm sure there are millions of others whose lives have been torn apart by this issue as well.  Technology is there and it should be used!  I hope this petition finds those who believe in a better way of life. I want change, we need this change. I want to save a loved one’s life, and together we can do this!  Please share this request and let’s make it go viral and make this change become reality. 

This is my story which will be different from many others.  I encourage you all to act and tell us your story.  Start a petition, let them know what we need changed.

 

Thank you



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