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Thursday, 28 February 2008

Zoloft

It has recently been exposed that drug companies have been aware for quite some time that drugs like zoloft have no effect on mild to moderate depression. It performs the same as a placebo. Well . . . that explains a lot. I wish I could say I was shocked, but I'm not. I took it for weeks before it started "helping" and then it only helped very slowly, while I still endured panic attacks and ate many many antacids in a single day for weeks and weeks. And it explains why I didn't really start feeling ok until I started to transition.

Several months ago, I read that the pharmacy where I got my Zoloft had a markup on it of, like, 900%. I should have paid around $100- $150, but instead I paid a thousand. For the first bottle. I had to pay for three different American doctors to get the drugs coming. And doctors are the only thing in America that's not cheap. And I had to keep up with this in Europe and go see doctors there and pay for prescriptions there. Basically, the medical industry made thousands of dollars off of me and gave me something with all the many benefits of a placebo. I should have just taken St. John's Wort.

Because while Zoloft helps as much as a placebo, it has all the downsides of a real drug. It didn't do much for my panic attacks, but it did alter my brain chemistry. But not in a way that helped me. It made me stupid and gave me nothing in return. Now, it's giving me the many joys of withdrawl. Because that part is real. The part where your risk of suicide goes way up and the part where you feel like shit if you miss a dose or change your dose. So thousands of dollars plus shitty health effects. . ..

I mean, I guess there's a silver lining. I felt like I really needed help and they gave me fake pills. So it was me that made me better. I did it. Hooray for me.

I hadn't "needed" the pills since I started to transition. So I started cutting my dose. I figured that if I noticed a change for the worse, I could start again. But I haven't noticed a change at all. Except for a week or so of crappy withdrawl at every decrease.

I don't want to blame my doctors. They didn't know. They didn't exactly send me off to talk therapy. Well, the Netherlands very generously put me on an 8 month long waiting list, so it's not like I got no kind of support of any kind while I was freaking out. But the drug companies knew and suppressed the data. And the pharmacy didn't know that the drugs they were selling me were crap, but they sure as hell knew how much they were charging me. (And they knew that people don't go around comparison shopping for drugs they think they really need because they're in a crisis).

I want my fucking money back. I want a letter of apology. I want some fucking therapy. I want a drug company executive to come to my door and personally say ze's sorry. Then I want hir to slowly learn to deal with the side effects of taking the drug as ze ramps up to the max dose and slowly combat the withdrawl symptoms as ze cuts back to zero. And then I want to kick hir in the shins several times for good measure. And I think every other deceived person should get the same - to kick an executive in the shins.

I was sick. They took my money and gave me shit while I was sick. I want somebody to go to jail. It's not like they just charged me a lot for a sugar pill. They charged me a lot for a pill that causes an alarmingly high percentage of takers to become suicidal. They charged me a lot for something that made me feel sicker. They charged me a lot and I was patient while I waited and waited and waited to get a "high" enough dose and feel ok - and during that time, that's all I had. Well, that and my very very patient girl friend. And my chiropractor. She claimed she could cure me by pressing on the sides of my head, but at least I knew that was bullshit.

Anyway, I took the last pill of it I'm ever going to take two nights ago - because the withdrawl of cutting it down by half when I got here had worn off an acceptable amount. And if anybody comes to me with a class action lawsuit thingee, I'm so onboard.

2 comments:

Matt said...

Smoke weed every day.

Les said...

Paranoia + anxiety = bad.

Anyway, I'm so over being crazy.