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Re: Elements of addiction

Posted by Alan on February 16, 2002, at 2:43:23

In reply to Elements of addiction Mr. Scott, posted by jimmygold70 on February 16, 2002, at 2:13:49

> The dependence on Benzos compared to Effexor is much stronger. People have much harder time stopping Benzos related to Effexor albeit both have withdrawal symptoms.
>
> That is why Effexor is less addicting than Benzos. Period.
>
> Jimmy
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And this is exactly what I mean. There is no credible evidence to back this up. There is no control for those misdiagnosed, misprescribed, mis-supervised tapering BZD's fit into the equation. There is no credible evidence even that the above statement is true in the least. If you read the definition of "addiction" vs. medical dependency that I posted earlier it makes this point very clear. Personally, I see more complaints about withdrawl effects from ssri's than any benzo - especially on this bboard. It's a constant title to threads one after another here when I visit.

If you read the website that I posted earlier perhaps it will help in understanding the idea of withdrawl from ANY drug including non-psychotropics, let alone PROPER, slow tapering of BZD's (assuming they should be tapered off of them in the first place). Many require long term treatment which after reviewing all of the studies for decades, the prestigious World Health Organisation - hardly a drug pushing group of CEO's from the major pharmecuticals - has deemed BZD's not only safe, but preferable and advantageous long OR short term.

There are no "periods" in blanket statements about BZD's or the concept of "addiction". That is the misnomer that drives the hesitency of patients and non-specialist doctors alike to fear prescribing BZD monotherapy on an equal footing with any ssri - giving the patient freedom of choice to determine for themselves the effecacy of either drug. Misinforming the general population of patients with the corporate line that *BZD's "addicting"/ssri's not* is taking away the patient's freedom of choice. It is "wordsmithing" and "euphemising" at the expense of the health and well being of vulnerable anxiety sufferers and their underinformed docs.

Alan


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