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Re: Going off Effexor, thanks in part to you all!

Posted by Mireille on July 25, 2002, at 17:11:09

In reply to Re: Going off Effexor, thanks in part to you all!, posted by oracle on July 25, 2002, at 14:49:56

> or maybe you're right and this isn't a fair sample - maybe we are not super well informed about what we're talking about?
> We talk about our own experiences. My experience
> is I have taken Effexor since 1995, with no problems. It saved my life.
> There is no question this site is one sided. But
> that does not mean it is wrong or bad.
> > You are right about them not being able to test pregnant women, or else Thalydamide (sp?) would never have made it onto the market and made all of those babies be born deformed in the late 60s/early 70s.
> Thalydamide (however it is spelled !) was never
> marketed in the US as we have higher standards.

To oracle: Ok, you taught me something- that's what I get for not doing my research! :)- but we do NOT have higher standards in all things in the U.S. - I lived in Europe for quite a while, and we have VERY LOW STANDARDS for a first-world country! Well, there are exceptions...but we are very market-based - phen-fen was a good example of this, as since the diet market is such a huge money-making machine, and we shot that baby out onto the market...also for food, what is considered "organic" here in the States (and sells for much higher) is considered "normal" there... for the most part...I'm talking fruits and veggies, and cattle without tons of hormones shot into them, etc., etc.

Back on the subject of drugs...I think what it boils down to is that no one has any way to test these over the long term until *we* test them over the long term...I hate to think of myself as a lab rat but someone has got to do it! Maybe my children will have better and better medication, should they need it, if all of us test these drugs...I think I'm just angry because this withdrawal thing is so confusing and no one really has any good answers for me, that's all!





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