Let’s Look At “Side Effects”

Keep in mind the reports to the FDA are related to who and how many people were studied.  Also intensity of negative effects can vary.  And let’s not forget that Dr. Hicks told us he left “western” medicine and went into natural medicine because he was tired of giving people drugs that made them worse instead of better.  He told us there is no such thing as a “side” effect, and that they are ALL effects that will either appear right away or in time.  He said the industry calls them “side” effects to lighten the reality of that they are negative effects to expect, instead.

BUSPAR:

BuSpar (buspirone) is an anti-anxiety medicine that affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. BuSpar is used to treat symptoms of anxiety, such as fear, tension, irritability, dizziness, pounding heartbeat, and other physical symptoms.

  • excitement
  • sleep problems (insomnia or strange dreams).
  • feeling restless or nervous;
  • Feeling Anger Toward Something  Severe
  • Over Excitement  Severe
  • Confused  Severe
  • Depression  Severe
  • Nightmares  Less Severe

 

PAXIL:

Paxil is the trade name of the medication paroxetine, which is prescribed to treat major depression and other psychological pathologies that include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder and posttraumatic stress syndrome. The drug is also given to pregnant women suffering from these disorders.

  • abnormal dreams
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • difficulty concentrating
  • blurred vision
  • changes in sexual function
  • uncontrollable excitement
  • depression
  • lack of emotion
  • amnesia
  • menstrual disorder
  • concentration impairment
  • insomnia

Vioxx:

Vioxx was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2004. Vioxx is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Vioxx works by reducing substances that cause inflammation, pain, and fever in the body.

  • High Blood Pressure   Severe
  • Disease Of The Heart And Blood Vessels  Severe
  • Chronic Trouble Sleeping  Less Severe
  • Depression  Less Severe
  • Feeling Anxious  Less Severe
  • There are so many  seriously negative effects to the heart and the guts that I cannot list them all.    Also, there is basal carcinoma and more.

AMBIEN:

Ambien (zolpidem) is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. Zolpidem affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems insomnia). Ambien is used to treat insomnia. The immediate-release tablet is used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed.

I am going to give a little different overview of Ambien because Ambien is what landed me in the psych ward in February 2005<

For Consumers

What are the possible side effects of zolpidem (Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, Intermezzo, Zolpimist)?

Zolpidem may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop taking zolpidem and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: depression, anxiety, aggression, agitation, confusion, unusual thoughts, hallucinations, memory problems, changes in personality, risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger, or thoughts of suicide or hurting…

Read All Potential Side Effects and See Pictures of Ambien »

Indications & Dosage

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  3. Quiz: Suffer From Insomnia?

INDICATIONS

AMBIEN (zolpidem tartrate) is indicated for the short-term treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulties with sleep initiation. AMBIEN has been shown to decrease sleep latency for up to 35 days in controlled clinical studies [see Clinical Studies].

The clinical trials performed in support of efficacy were 4–5 weeks in duration with the final formal assessments of sleep latency performed at the end of treatment.

Central and peripheral nervous system:

FREQUENT: ataxia, confusion, euphoria, headache, insomnia, vertigo Infrequent: agitation, anxiety, decreased cognition, detached, difficulty concentrating, dysarthria, emotional labilityhallucination, hypoesthesia,illusion, leg cramps, migraine, nervousness, paresthesia, sleeping (after daytime dosing), speech disorder, stupor, tremor. Rare: abnormal gait, abnormal thinking, aggressive reaction, apathy, appetite increased, decreased libidodelusiondementia, depersonalization, dysphasia, feeling strange, hypokinesia, hypotonia, hysteria, intoxicated feeling, manic reaction, neuralgia, neuritis, neuropathyneurosis, panic attacks, paresis,personality disordersomnambulism, suicide attempts, tetanyyawning.

Warnings & Precautions

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  3. Quiz: Suffer From Insomnia?

WARNINGS

Included as part of the “PRECAUTIONS” Section

PRECAUTIONS

CNS Depressant Effects And Next-Day Impairment

AMBIEN, like other sedative-hypnotic drugs, has central nervous system(CNS) depressant effects. Co-administration with other CNS depressants (e.g., benzodiazepines, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants, alcohol) increases the risk of CNS depression. Dosage adjustments of AMBIEN and of other concomitant CNS depressants may be necessary when AMBIEN is administered with such agents because of the potentially additive effects. The use of AMBIEN with other sedative-hypnotics (including other zolpidem products) at bedtime or the middle of the night is not recommended [seeDOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

The risk of next-day psychomotor impairment, including impaired driving, is increased if AMBIEN is taken with less than a full night of sleep remaining (7 to 8 hours); if a higher than the recommended dose is taken; if co-administered with other CNS depressants or alcohol; or if co-administered with other drugs that increase the blood levels of zolpidem. Patients should be warned against driving and other activities requiring complete mental alertness if AMBIEN is taken in these circumstances [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION and Clinical Studies].

Vehicle drivers and machine operators should be warned that, as with other hypnotics, there may be a possible risk of adverse reactions including drowsiness, prolonged reaction time, dizziness, sleepiness, blurred/double vision, reduced alertness and impaired driving the morning after therapy. In order to minimize this risk a full night of sleep (7–8 hours) is recommended.

Need To Evaluate For Co-Morbid Diagnoses

Because sleep disturbances may be the presenting manifestation of a physical and/or psychiatric disorder, symptomatic treatment of insomnia should be initiated only after a careful evaluation of the patient. The failure of insomnia to remit after 7 to 10 days of treatment may indicate the presence of a primary psychiatric and/or medical illness that should be evaluated. Worsening of insomnia or the emergence of new thinking or behavior abnormalities may be the consequence of an unrecognized psychiatric or physical disorder. Such findings have emerged during the course of treatment with sedative/hypnotic drugs, including zolpidem.

Severe Anaphylactic And Anaphylactoid Reactions

Cases of angioedema involving the tongue, glottis or larynx have been reported in patients after taking the first or subsequent doses of sedative-hypnotics, including zolpidem. Some patients have had additional symptoms such as dyspnea, throat closing or nausea and vomiting that suggest anaphylaxis. Some patients have required medical therapy in theemergency department. If angioedema involves the throat, glottis or larynx,airway obstruction may occur and be fatal. Patients who develop angioedema after treatment with zolpidem should not be rechallenged with the drug.

Abnormal Thinking And Behavioral Changes

Abnormal thinking and behavior changes have been reported in patients treated with sedative/ hypnotics, including AMBIEN. Some of these changes included decreased inhibition (e.g., aggressiveness and extroversion that seemed out of character), bizarre behavior, agitation and depersonalization. Visual and auditory hallucinations have been reported.

In controlled trials of AMBIEN 10 mg taken at bedtime < 1% of adults with insomnia reported hallucinations. In a clinical trial, 7% of pediatric patients treated with AMBIEN 0.25 mg/kg taken at bedtime reported hallucinations versus 0% treated with placebo [see Use In Specific Populations]. Complex behaviors such as "sleep-driving" (i.e., driving while not fully awake after ingestion of a sedative-hypnotic, with amnesia for the event) have been reported in sedative-hypnotic-naive as well as in sedative-hypnotic-experienced persons. Although behaviors such as “sleep-driving” have occurred with AMBIEN alone at therapeutic doses, the co-administration of AMBIEN with alcohol and other CNS depressants increases the risk of such behaviors, as does the use of AMBIEN at doses exceeding the maximum recommended dose. Due to the risk to the patient and the community, discontinuation of AMBIEN should be strongly considered for patients who report a “sleep-driving” episode.

Other complex behaviors (e.g., preparing and eating food, making phone calls, or having sex) have been reported in patients who are not fully awake after taking a sedative-hypnotic. As with “sleep-driving”, patients usually do not remember these events. Amnesia, anxiety and other neuropsychiatric symptoms may also occur.

It can rarely be determined with certainty whether a particular instance of the abnormal behaviors listed above is drug induced, spontaneous in origin, or a result of an underlying psychiatric or physical disorder. Nonetheless, the emergence of any new behavioral sign or symptom of concern requires careful and immediate evaluation.

Use In Patients With Depression

In primarily depressed patients treated with sedative-hypnotics, worsening of depression, and suicidal thoughts and actions (including completed suicides), have been reported. Suicidal tendencies may be present in such patients and protective measures may be required. Intentional overdosage is more common in this group of patients; therefore, the lowest number of tablets that is feasible hould be prescribed for the patient at any one time.

 

LORAZEPAM/ATIVAN:

Lorazepam is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peens). Lorazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Lorazepam is used to treat anxiety disorders. Lorazepam may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

  • confusion
  • depressed mood
  • thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
  • hyperactivity
  • agitation
  • hostility;
  • hallucinations
  • feeling light-headed
  • fainting.
  • aggressive
  • angry
  • false or unusual sense of well-being
  • uncontrolled movements, especially of the face, neck, and back, twitching
  • thoughts or attempts at killing oneself

 

SEROQUEL (Quietiapine):

Seroquel (Serequil) is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression). Seroquel

  • inability to sit still
  • increased blinking or spasms of the eyelid
  • aching and discomfort in the legs
  • anxiety, >its my opinion Seroquel made me feel kind of paranoid<

Lithium Carbonate:

Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania in people with bipolar disorder (manic depressive disorder). Lithium is in a class of medications called antimanic agents, which work by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain.

My experience with lithium carbonate was good, with one exception. The administering physician was not proactively caring.  It did not take long for my kidneys (renal failure) to exhibit signs of failing.  Rather then correct the problem the physician told me that  by looking over the lab tests it would not be long, maybe 6 months to 1 year, when I would need to begin dialysis.  From that I realized I needed to become proactive myself.  So I researched to find lithium orotate, which he could not prescribe because it is very low dose lithium and can be gotten over the counter.   I proceeded bringing down the manic episodes I was experiencing with the over the counter product, and it served me well.

Researching right now for this chapter I see there were measures the physician could have taken to prevent me from having renal failure, so instead of negative effects I will post the preventative measures for while using the strong dose of lithium carbonate.  That said, though, if you have manic episodes its my opinion as a survivor to research lithium orotate. Dr. Jonathan Wright has written articles that are on the internet about the wonders of lithium. Its my positive experience that its a natural remedy for people suffering from the mania (triggers) brought on by emotional trauma.

The site is troubling to copy and paste from so I’ll just post the site here for you to read.  I don’t want to be up all night fighting with their cookies:

https://www.drugs.com/pro/lithium-carbonate.html

I was blessed to have coverage to go for a period of time to Dr. Wright’s Tahoma Clinic.  The government, for Big Pharma, has tried to close down Dr. Wright’s practice so that he’s continually in lawsuits with them.  He’s said to the effect that if he’s not in a lawsuit of the government he wouldn’t know what to even think.    And that is a shame.  His practice was one on the forefront of prescribing and providing bio identical hormones.

Taken from SmaryBodyz.com = Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. states in his one of his newsletters,  “Medical experts at one time believed that once our brains matured, it was all downhill from then on.  Decades of autopsies, x-rays, and, more recently, brain scans have repeatedly shown that brains shrink measurably with aging.  But, according to their report in the Lancet, Wayne State University (Detroit) researchers found that lithium has the ability to both protect and renew brain cells.(2)  Eight of 10 individuals who took lithium showed an average 3 percent increase in brain grey matter in just four weeks.”

Dr. Wright adds, “Lithium may help to generate entirely new cells too:  Another group of researchers recently reported that lithium also enhances nerve cell DNA replication.(3)  DNA replication is a first step in the formation of a new cell of any type.  The Wayne State study used high-dose lithium, but I’m certainly not using that amount myself, nor do I recommend it.  Prescription quantities of lithium just aren’t necessary for “everyday” brain cell protection and re-growth.  Studies done years ago have shown that very low amounts of lithium can also measurably influence brain function for the better.”

A youtube promo of Dr. Wright.

 

I no longer use lithium orotate, because the mania has subsided as I have gotten away from the predator Dr. Sargent and his family and network of flying monkey.  Re-reading Dr. Wright’s article makes me think I ought to continue its use just for brain maintenance.

http://tahomaclinic.com/2010/05/lithium-the-misunderstood-mineral-part-1/

I don’t want to end this chapter on a happy note, though, because  whether what Big Pharma and their prescribers are doing is incompetent or on purpose needs to be thought about.  Especially with regards to all of the deaths they are causing without answering for it.

What I’ve shared is just a small list of what they had been dumping into me.  Three of four things I can’t remember, and those were given to me between the handfuls of Vioxx samples he gave me at the end of 2004 and the Ambien prescription in Feb. 2005.

If you check the article on Misty Upham’s death you will see she was being given even more than I was.

To all of this here I can only ask one question and it is “what the hell is going on?”

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