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Celebration Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-16-08 07:05 AM
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11. For what it is worth
I am totally against prescription medication being allowed to advertise, period. There are very narrow economic interests that benefit-- namely, the drug companies and the media companies. Unfortunately, these ads DO cause people to ask their doctors to prescribe certain medications, and the doctors often DO prescribe it. Otherwise, the ads would not be run.

The patient didn't say that she didn't consult her doctor on ratcheting down her dose. She didn't say that she did either, so it is impossible to know that.

Actually, I think she does take responsibility for her bad decision, and the way she took responsibility was to eventually get off the stuff. I believe that the purpose of this piece was to show others that might be in her position that 1. they don't have to start taking Paxil or something similar if they have panic attacks. 2. she was able to very slowly get off the stuff, and feel a lot better, and others might benefit from knowing that this is possible.

The message of the piece was clear--don't buy into the advertising hype.

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  -For a Paxil-free life, she'll take the long route itsjustme  May-14-08 12:31 PM   #0 
  - I used to have panic attacks where I felt if I did not immediately leave  angstlessk   May-14-08 12:38 PM   #1 
  - that is interesting!  itsjustme   May-14-08 01:04 PM   #5 
  - I had a severe flu-like reaction to Paxil... it literally MADE me sick  JCMach1   May-14-08 12:46 PM   #2 
  - interesting post....  mike_c   May-14-08 12:46 PM   #3 
  - Getting off Paxil must be done gradually.  emilyg   May-14-08 12:57 PM   #4 
  - I took that same long route 25 years ago  DemExpat   May-15-08 04:05 AM   #6 
  - good for you!  itsjustme   May-15-08 05:29 AM   #7 
     - My daughter, now 26, learned to calm down her "high-strung"  DemExpat   May-15-08 07:03 AM   #8 
  - I only had to read one paragraph to see the problem.  cosmik debris   May-15-08 07:45 AM   #9 
  - For what it is worth  itsjustme   May-16-08 07:05 AM   #11 
  - There are other drugs to treat anxiety  Fire_Medic_Dave   May-15-08 11:37 PM   #10 
     - What baby?  itsjustme   May-16-08 07:07 AM   #12 
        - Clearly she found a way to control her anxiety.  Fire_Medic_Dave   May-16-08 10:37 AM   #13 
           - And a good one.  Iris   May-16-08 10:22 PM   #14 
 

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