Seroquel user’s testimony for FDA’s psychopharmacology advisory committee

Philip at Furious Seasons who has been covering the AstraZeneca debacle gave me permission to post a “consumers” testimony that is going to be part of the hearings. I’ve barely mentioned what’s going on with Seroquel and AstraZeneca lately and it’s very important stuff. Do go have a visit to the second link I list there. It’s a list of posts on the issues of late from Furious Seasons.

These hearings are AstraZeneca’s attempt to get Seroquel approved for things like “depression” and insomnia and anxiety. Scary shit.

Here is the Seroquel user’s testimony. For many of us, it will be a sadly familiar, if not also dramatic example of the same old thing:

I was prescribed 300 mg.seroquel in 2000 for sleep problems. I gained 75 pounds in 6 months. I developed diabetes. I went through profound withdrawals when I inadvertently missed a dose and had to be hospitalized. The withdrawal caused psychosis which was attributed to a new diagnosis rather than to the drug. I lost all my teeth due to dry mouth. I developed cataracts. I had constant intrusive suicidal ideation. I had akathisia, difficulty swallowing and severe muscle cramps. I lost my critical thinking ability, the ability to make decisions and generally access my ‘executive functioning.’ Because the medical establishment refused to accept that their “therapy” could be poisonous they continued me on this drug for 8 years and added new drugs to cover up the symptoms of massive endocrine dysregulation.

“The use of these classes of drugs must be sharply curtailed. These drugs must not expand the wealth of shareholders as they destroy the bodies and brains of the most vulnerable classes of people in our society. Psychoactive chemicals ‘work’ by disabling nerves, not by restoring their normal function. Emotions cause chemical changes in the brain not the other way around. No-one knows how the staggeringly complex interactions of neurons actually work. The neurotransmitter theory is based on observing the brain damage caused by psychoactive chemicals, not on any understanding of how a normal brain operates. Time and human support are the safest and most effective means for getting through difficult emotional challenges.

4 thoughts on “Seroquel user’s testimony for FDA’s psychopharmacology advisory committee

  1. Stacey…
    some people don’t run into the dangers I’ve listed…it seems you’ve not had too much trouble cutting down and that’s great…but when one does have problems they can be very severe…

    I have PTSD too…I do understand trauma and anxiety…and I intimately understand the reasons we choose to use meds so I don’t judge. I used them for 20 years…

    But, I know now there are alternatives and I seek them out as you too, seem to be doing.

    to your families health.


  2. Thank you for the links. I have alot of reading to do. I have been a long time user of benzos going back and forth between Ativan and Klonopin. I use about 2 a week and that is down from the 3 a day haze I used to be in. I have PTSD and still have frequent panic attacks. I have lots of coping skills, but don’t know how I would get through some things without my pills.

    I am also hypothyroid and have found that as long as I keep my thyroid stable, that my mood is stable, but I have never gotten entirely rid of these damn panic attacks…

    Okay, I think I am rambling now…thanks again for all of your advice!


  3. that’s wonderful Stacey!! I hope you’ll keep me updated.

    I do want to caution you that using Xanax or Ativan prn is potentially a recipe for disaster…

    They are both the same class of drug: benzodiazepine and they are highly addictive. In theory VERY occasional use might be okay. However, even intermittent frequent use as in 2 or 3 times a week can cause dependency to develop…and cause more frequent anxiety and that generally leads to more frequent use of the drug…

    I recommend you read the Depression Free Naturally by Joan Larson…it talks about diet but it also talks about supplements and there are some good things that help with anxiety. Like amino acids for example.

    Also you might help him learn breathing techniques when an anxiety strikes. Teaching him coping skills if possible is much better than chemically covering up the symptoms…

    I know you are already doing family therapy and therapy with him…I want to note that those are very good things for readers who may read this.

    best to you.
    a couple links to stuff on benzos:


  4. This doesn’t really have anything to do with your post, but I needed to thank you!

    It has only been a week since I changed my son’s diet, and he says his mind feels so clear. I haven’t seen my son cope so well with life in years on all the different mood stabilizers that he has been in. We stopped his trileptal weeks ago, and he was really out of control, after two days with the diet change, he is a different kid. He is still on the Buspar for his anxiety, but I am going to address the idea of getting rid of it and moving to a PRN like xanax or ativan for his anxiety.

    Thank you again for pushing me in the right direction.


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