Can you say iatrogenic injury? Never mind the many thousands of us who suffer protracted withdrawal issues causing disability that are completely denied by the medical establishment…most of us have to start hiding from doctors who want to give us more drugs rather than give our poor bodies the chance to heal.
The researchers found that about 60 percent of the ER visits were related to 10 specific psychiatric medications, taken either alone or in combination. Of these, the drug in Ambien was implicated in the most visits (10,212 visits), followed by Seroquel, an antipsychotic drug used to treat people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia(6,900 visits), and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, along with its generic forms (5,616 visits). (read more)
I always think of this article too from Furious Seasons at moments like these that PsychRights had the wisdom to save: Worse Than Vioxx: Zyprexa, Risperdal, Clozaril, And Paxil Killed Thousands Of Americans — that was written in 2007. The death toll continues to climb.
Many of the iatrogenic issues are chronic and ongoing (as well as often unrecognized) so they don’t show up in statistics like this.
iatrogenic /iat·ro·gen·ic/ (i-ă´tro-jen´ik) resulting from the activity of physicians; said of any adverse condition in a patient resulting from treatment by a physician or surgeon. (see more definitions here — medical dictionary: iatrogenic harm)
Statistics for iatrogenic injury: Iatrogenic Disease: The 3rd Most Fatal Disease in the USA
For my personal story of iatrogenic harm from psychopharmaceuticals see here: The aftermath of polypsychopharmacology: my story on Dr. David Healy’s site
For more information on iatrogenic illness in psychiatry on this blog see here: Iatrogenic Illness
*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications precipitously. Please be sure to be well-educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. Do not assume your MD will know how to do it either. They are generally not trained in discontiuation. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up