September 4, 2022 at 12:19 pm

Otsuka’s New Drug Lists Akathisia as the Most Common “Side Effect”

A drug advertisement for the new product called Rexulti is marketed as an add-on drug to be taken with SSRIs and similar depression pills. Otsuka Pharmaceuticals lists akathisia as the most common “side effect” of Rexulti but fails to mention that polypharmacy and simultaneously taking two drugs that can cause akathisia increases your risk of suffering from this serious drug-induced disorder. Also, see the drug ad promotes some new guesses as to what “may” cause depression. See

August 30, 2022 at 8:08 am

Propecia Updates its Label Acknowledging Medication-Induced Suicidality

After more than a decade of case reports associating Propecia with medication-induced suicidality and suicides, the hair-loss drug has finally updated its warning.


August 29, 2022 at 8:35 am

Teens Harmed by Prescription Cascades and Off-Label Psychiatric Drugs

Treating teens as a “generation of Guinea pigs” causes multiple harms. A study in the Journal Pediatrics found that 40.7 percent of people ages 2 to 24 who were prescribed a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder were also prescribed at least one other medication for depression, anxiety, or another mood or behavioral disorder. The study found more than 50 different psychotropic medicines prescribed in such combinations, and a review by The New York Times found that roughly half of the drugs were not approved for use in adolescents, although doctors have discretion to prescribe as they see fit.”


August 18, 2022 at 8:55 am

Today’s MIA Podcast Interviews the Author of “Antidepressed,” an Excellent Book About Drug Risks and Overprescribing

During her work in the school counseling field, Beverley Thomson said she “noticed the language being used by both teachers and parents was changing and rather than asking what was happening with or to a child we were starting to ask what was wrong with a child.” This led Beverely to research issues surrounding DSM-related labeling and the adverse effects of psychiatric drugs in both children and adults.

Tune in to this excellent podcast and learn more at

August 15, 2022 at 3:46 pm

MISSD’s Akathisia Podcasts Share Life-Saving Info

Once you’ve suffered akathisia, you’re at increased risk of developing it again. Janet and her late husband, Joe, were never informed of SRRI-induced akathisia. Joe died never knowing the term “akathisia,” despite having twice suffered it. Listen to Janet’s informative story of akathisia loss and increased awareness at

August 12, 2022 at 10:42 am

Pharma’s Akathisia Ad Promotes Product More than Awareness

Akathisia awareness and education are cornerstones of MISSD’s mission. While public health advertisements can help people be safer and better informed, it’s disappointing that Vanda Pharmaceuticals’ ad promotes their schizophrenia products and fails to mention that akathisia can be caused by hundreds of different drugs prescribed for non-mental health-related issues. Akathisia is a drug-induced disorder unrelated to schizophrenia and other DSM labels. See

August 6, 2022 at 9:57 am

When Prescriptions Harm You

This often happens when akathisia is missed or misdiagnosed: Doctors “may mistake adverse drug effects from the prescription as signs of diseases instead. Therefore, rather than stopping the medication, another prescription is added to the regimen, leading to a polypharmacy cascade.”

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August 4, 2022 at 12:56 pm

Issues with the 988 Hotline

Mental health advocates are concerned about the potential pitfalls of the new 988 hotline, which include learning to “separate mental health crisis responses from law enforcement.” MISSD notes that 988 call center staff should also be trained to inquire about prescription drugs and adverse drug effects that can cause suicidality.

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July 29, 2022 at 9:40 am

Stephen’s Voice Spotlights Prescribed Harm Awareness Day

Today is a day to remember our loved ones whose deaths were precipitated by adverse drug effects and raise awareness so that others can be safer. See

July 26, 2022 at 7:21 am

Akathisia Stories, Episode 16: What Happened to John?

In our latest episode of Akathisia Stories, Denise Collins eloquently discusses the out-of-character death of her husband, John, who died nine days after he was simultaneously prescribed an SSRI and sleeping pill by phone. Listen at