April 19, 2021 at 5:46 am

Drug Withdrawal Can Cause Akathisia

It’s critical that consumers and caregivers are accurately informed that drug withdrawal can cause withdrawal akathisia. Safe and slow tapering of depression pills can reduce the possibility and/or severity of suffering from akathisia.

“Over the course of a few appointments with my well-meaning psychiatrist, I listened politely as he talked about halving my antidepressant pills every couple of days and hoping for the best in my next psychotropic-cessation experiment.”

Read the full article at https://www.madinamerica.com/2021/04/how-i-became-my-own-psychiatrist/

April 14, 2021 at 12:39 pm

Informative Interview: How Clinicians Can Help Clients Safely Discontinue Medication

Withdrawal akathisia can occur when stopping certain drugs. It’s critical clinicians and consumers have conversations about akathisia so that early warning signs can be recognized.

“A large review by Public Health England identified the need to educate both the public and our clinicians about the likely benefits and effects of psychiatric drugs and withdrawal from them. They are also overprescribed because when people try and come off the drugs, their withdrawal responses are often mistaken as relapse. So people come to believe, “I’ve got to be on this drug for life.”

Read the full interview at https://www.madinamerica.com/2021/04/how-therapists-can-help-with-drug-withdrawal-an-interview-with-anne-guy/

April 12, 2021 at 9:01 am

Deprescribing Education & Info is Needed

Many prescribers don’t realize akathisia can start when certain drugs are stopped. It’s critical that health care consumers and doctors understand the symptoms of akathisia–and have critical conversations about adverse drug effects prior to prescribing.

“A key factor to successfully discontinuing psychotropic medication is access to supportive, competent physicians who can assist their clients in tapering in such a way that is safe and minimizes withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, however, doctors traditionally do not learn how to most effectively taper people off medication, focusing instead on putting individuals on medication.”

Read the full article at https://www.madinamerica.com/2021/04/little-guidance-available-discontinuing-psychiatric-drugs/

April 1, 2021 at 11:35 am

It’s Called Akathisia

MISSD is pleased to see the adverse effects of SSRI withdrawal in the news but dismayed the author seems unaware these symptoms have a medical name: Akathisia.

The article states that after stopping SSRIs (and other types of drugs), if you start feeling: “anxiety, insomnia, headache, dizziness, tiredness, irritability, flu symptoms, nausea, sensations of electric shock and symptoms of depression, call your doctor.”

Read the full article at https://radiofiji.com.fj/antibiotics-antidepressants-and-other-medications-that-you-should-not-leave-without-medical-indication/9256/

April 1, 2021 at 7:05 am

Coroners Should Record All Drugs

Adverse drug effects are a leading cause of death, yet coroners aren’t required to report what drug(s) the deceased was taking, or withdrawing from, at the time of death. In Ireland, one family is courageously petitioning for positive change.

The coroner at Mr. O’Neill’s inquest stated that the Sertraline (Zoloft) “possibly contributed” to his death, but his consumption of this drug was not recorded on his death certificate.

Mr. O’Neill’s niece, Colleen Bell, is campaigning for “change to the coronial system to ensure all the pharmaceutical drugs a person has been taking in the lead-up to their death, are officially recorded by coroners.”

Read the full article at https://www.thedetail.tv/articles/calls-for-northern-ireland-coroners-to-record-pharmaceutical-drug-use

March 30, 2021 at 9:54 am

Proper & Slow Tapering Can Reduce Drug Withdrawal

“Surprisingly, there are no published guidelines on how to come off antipsychotics. Stopping medications is an important part of the job of a psychiatrist, yet it has received relatively little attention.” 

More than 50% of individuals who have taken antipsychotics reported negative experiences, including but not limited to suicidality, emotional numbing, sedation, weight gain, and cognitive difficulties.

Read the full article at https://www.madinamerica.com/2021/03/major-publication-tapering-antipsychotics-released/

March 26, 2021 at 5:25 am

Medical Records Reflect Akathisia

A routine medical records request helped this healthcare consumer identify errors regarding akathisia.

Akathisia: “One of the oldest and most ghoulish side effects” that can vary from a mild, knee-bouncing restlessness to a hellish, suicidal dysphoria…”

Read the full article at https://www.milwaukeemag.com/how-seeing-my-mental-health-records-helped-me-and-didnt/

March 22, 2021 at 10:44 am

Adverse Effects of SSRIs Are Often Misdiagnosed

A new article in the Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling, and Psychotherapy, discusses the dangers of misdiagnosing SSRI withdrawal as other conditions. Prescribers “often mistake patients’ experience of withdrawing from antidepressants as Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) or Functional Neurological Disorders (FNDs).”

Read the article at https://www.madinamerica.com/2021/03/antidepressant-withdrawal-misdiagnosed-functional-disorders/

March 15, 2021 at 1:13 pm

Researchers Find SSRI Antidepressants Increase Suicide Risk in Adults

“Contrary to prominent claims, we find no reliable evidence that antidepressants protect against suicide. Instead, it appears that antidepressant use may even increase suicide risk,” state researchers who conducted a meta-analysis.

Further, Hengartner et al. found that “studies funded by the pharmaceutical industry were far more likely to find lower suicide rates than studies performed by independent researchers. Studies that make antidepressants look poor are far less likely to be published.”

Michael Hengartner, Simone Amendola, Jakob Kaminski, Simone Kindler, Tom Bschor, and Martin Plöderl recently published the findings in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Read the full article at https://www.madinamerica.com/2021/03/antidepressants-still-linked-increased-suicide-risk/

March 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

New USC Center Will Focus on Medication Safety

The USC Titus Center for Medication Safety and Population Health will seek to reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits by improving to improve patient health and safety by ensuring that patients “receive the right medication at the right doses, avoid dangerous drug interactions and understand how to use each medication correctly,” said Steven Chen, the school’s associate dean for clinical affairs.

“Although that may sound like a simple goal, it tackles an important issue because taking the wrong medication or dosage can lead to costly hospital visits or even death,” Chen said.

Read the full article at https://news.usc.edu/183353/usc-school-of-pharmacy-susie-titus-gift-prescription-medication-safety/