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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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