i want a new drug
one that does what it should
one that won’t make me feel too bad
one that won’t make me feel too good.
huey lewis and the news
drugs get sold as god’s gift to mankind. marketing has sold them as cure-alls ever since the advent of paxil. at the time, the people in the seeming know believed that paxil would eliminate depression. if you haven’t guessed by now, the promise never came true.
since then, new drugs have come on the market, often times with similar promises as paxil. if you haven’t guessed by now, that promise still hasn’t come true. few people seem willing to talk about the elephant in the room, side effects.
how come the side effects list looks so similar to the drug’s symptom relief list? stop me if these side effects sound familiar: suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, mania, headaches, mood swings, sleep disruption, weight changes… the very symptoms we run from. god’s gift to mankind? to me, drugs sound almost as dangerous as beneficial.
then the efficacy of the drugs comes into play. the drugs often don’t work as designed. from the support meetings i attend and blogs i follow, people are extremely lucky to find a drug combo that works on their first try. i hear again and again of stories of people who had to try many different cocktails of drugs before they find something that works or even kind of works. then, there of the stories of people who have never found a drug combinations that works for them. this happens so much, it has gained a name, drug resistant depression.
a note to the pharmaceutical industry and regulators; stop over promising and under delivering. keep your stories of finding a silver bullet or a cure-all to yourself unless you have discovered something truly amazing and opposed the mediocre shit you continue to give to us.
stay tuned for what this means to my story.