Serious side effects simply being ignored by docs

Thought you imagined a far away look in your doc’s eyes the last time you tried to tell him about side effects you were experiencing from your meds?

Turns out you weren’t imagining it.

A staggering number of doctors are ignoring us when we report side effects. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that patients are reporting side effects from their depression medications 20 times more than their psychiatrists bother to record in their charts.

And even in cases where patients’ self-reported side effects were limited to “frequently occurring” or “very bothersome”…so were talking serious side effects here…the rate was two to three times higher than was actually recorded in their charts.

Oh…it gets better…

Researchers helpfully suggested that patients fill out self-administered questionnaires to resolve this problem. Are you kidding me? Am I missing something?

The patients are clearly not the problem here. Their own study shows that they ARE reporting their side effects. It’s the ones in the white coats who are failing! Can we for once just ask these doctors to do their job?

In light of this news it’s no wonder that so many people choose to go against medical advice and stop taking their prescribed meds. Honestly, who can blame them? The problem is that simply stopping meds suddenly can be extremely dangerous.

Admittedly, hardly a day goes by when I don’t read about something that mainstream medicine is up to that raises my blood pressure. But this absolute disregard by doctors for the health and safety of their patients goes far beyond negligence. This is simply willful neglect.

And I’m simply disgusted.

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Alice Wessendorf

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  1. Anonymous says

    Thank you for your timely article on doctors and drugs. I looked at the drugs my doctor ordered for me, the side effects were horrible. After speaking with a few friends who are in the medical field decided to follow my deep, deep feelings against taking the medication. Frankly my doctor my not like it but I am into alternative medicine/alopathic when needed. Right now am back on all my vits along with acupuncture with herbs. Thanks to the Lord and His divine healing as supported in the Holy Scriptures.
    Keep up the good work of informing us.

  2. Anonymous says

    I know I am tired of being ignored I refuse to take statin meds due to joint pain, but everytime I get my cholestrol checked they write me a yet another prescription. I think doctors don’t think you know anything.

  3. Rett says

    We can ask all we want to be they aren’t going to hear us. Big pharma is watching and they are shaking in their shoes fearing lawsuits or repremands from big brother. I don’t do the meds and I have not seen a doctor in over 3 years. I would like to see a real doctor but my insurance won’t pay for it. Or real doctors are wise to their shenannigans and will take only cash. Can’t much blame them.

  4. Anonymous says

    The only side effects that these whackos are concerned, is, that Big- Pharma do not cover their social economics, who cares about what their customers formerly (patients) feel, maintaining their ego and lucrative life style are number one priority. JAM

  5. dick burns says

    Yeah, see what happens when you report the crippling side effects of fluoroquinolone drugs (Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, etc.), especially if it’s the doctor who prescribed it. Cipro ruined my life for two years and almost ended my career as a professional pianist. I saw four different doctors, and if you think that any of them (i.e. conventional medicine) was any help. then guess again.

  6. Anonymous says

    I was recently started on natural thyroid and was lucky to get a doctor to order that instead of some other like Synthroid where if you body cannot convert enough T4 to T3 it will be less that useful to you.

    A doctor that I like otherwise said he would not order natural thyroid (porcine thyroid) because it is metabolized differently by different people.

    Maybe it is metabolized differently because different bodies have different needs??

    Thanks heaven I found a pharmacy that had Nature-Thyroid when I needed a refill since both that and Armour are hard to get these days thanks to the FDA.

    The first order I made was from Canada and their thryroid is close to what Armour used to have so also consider that if you cannot get it locally or online.

    I might take a prescription from a doctor for a statin drug – but I would toss it as soon as possible. One of the worst disasters medicine has come up with.
    Check out Dr. Graveline’s website on his experience with Lipitor. Ghastly.

  7. says

    This is another example of why it is so important to take responsibility for your own health care. We can complain about “Big Pharma,” the FDA and others, but in the end – we are the only ones who can stop the madness. We must start with ourselves then spread the word to those who will listen.

  8. Anonymous says

    I only took 1 dose of Cipro and now 8 weeks later am still suffering with tendon damage/injury. Does anyone know what causes this? Fluoride? Is there an underlying problem with this reaction? Anyone have healing remedies?

  9. Anonymous says

    Ive been ignored nearly everytime i go into the doctors and tell them im in pain they look at me with that stupid slapped arse expression on there chops and tell me every thinks fine IT AINT BLOODY FINE OPEN U EARS PIN BACK U LUGHOLES AND LISTEN. so much pent up anger i cannot go to doctors surgeries anymore or i will explode like a lit gasoline barrel god help us all once they qulified they turn into power trip gorrilias arrhhhh

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