9 Nov 22

Tapering psychiatric drugs

See the website for World Tapering Day YouTube.

In case you missed them or want to see them again, now you can watch and listen to the talks about coming off psychiatric drugs.

Click on the YouTube circle at the top right. The talks are still being added (first as a preview) and so you might have to wait until the ones you want to watch have been uploaded.

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24 Oct 22

Register here for World Tapering Day

A free conference online for everybody interested in tapering and stopping psychiatric medication.

Register now for all or part of the talks by world experts on World Tapering Day on 4, 5, 6 November 2022.

Register here for World Tapering Day.

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Information about Tapering Strips

How to order Tapering Strips

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26 Oct 22

The Economist recently ran an article about the problems with psychiatric drugs, especially antidepressants and tapering them.

They raise the important issue that Britain’s National Health Service should pay for safe and reliable ways that help patients who wish to stop taking drugs that doctors have put them on and have unbearable side effects and withdrawal effects. Such people need to reduce the dose gradually – that is, to taper them – in order to avoid severe withdrawal effects.

The Economist mentions Tapering Strips, that come from The Netherlands and which research shows are the safest and surest way of gradually reducing the dose of psychiatric drugs like antidepressants to avoid the devastating effects of withdrawal.

In The Netherlands, where the work on tapering has been studied, 70% of people using the Tapering Strips are able to withdraw safely and successfully.

Tapering Strips are made to give precisely the measured amount of the drug to be able to reduce the dose gradually. They are available in The Netherlands and in other countries, including the UK, and are only available when a doctor registered in your country signs the prescription for them. Patients have to pay for them themselves. The added cost of sending them to the UK makes them more expensive.

For most people it will be hard-earned money well spent but there is an embarrassing point in this: patients are having to pay to recover from the harmful and unnecessary effects of what NHS and private doctors have done to them. You might feel that the NHS, or health services in other countries, should pay at least for the Tapering Strips if not offering compensation for the suffering caused.

As The Economist points out you might be able to find tapering doses from a compounding pharmacy in your country but it will cost a lot of money and might not have the oversight to control the right dose for individual patients. The cost is not usually covered by health insurance.

Doctors working for National Health services risk causing untold suffering when prescribing psychiatric drugs which then lead to more work for doctors, nurses and clinical psychologists, all of whom are already over-stretched. Managers in the NHS often seem to be more concerned about money than about the welfare of staff or patients; but money too is being wasted on drugs that have been shown not to work or to be safe, and yet more money is wasted because of the long-term effects of these drugs leading to inability to work, break-up of families, suicide attempts and successes, strokes, seizures, heart disease – all of which cost huge amounts of money, not to mention the incalculable suffering they cause.

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