Thursday, 15 May 2014

'Adult ADHD - Amidst the Chaos is a Disorder' conference Dunblane - promoting Strattera - who benefits?

Here is a link to my Pinterest and a poster about a conference that was held yesterday in Dunblane 'Adult ADHD - Amidst the Chaos is a Disorder'.  Sponsored by drug company Lilly, promoting Strattera or atomoxetine, of which "The FDA of the US has issued a black box warning for suicidal behaviour/ideation.".

Speakers included Scottish consultant psychiatrists Dr Prem Shah, NHS Lothian, and Dr David Hayward, NHS Tayside.  [my opinion?  Not sure why these psychiatrists need to be aligning with big pharma and pushing drugs.  Do they not earn enough money in the NHS?]

One of the workshops was called 'It's criminal not to treat ADHD' by a Fran Harland "ADHD coach/trainer", social worker who runs a business Wraparound Services. On the website it mentions "hidden disability".  [My opinion?  It's criminal to be pushing disability so as to make money out of it.]

Then there's a Dr Chris Bushe in the pay of Eli Lilly who says he's "arguably sane".  Whatever, there's no doubt he's making money out of the Big Pharma connection.  It also mentions "schizophrenia" as another of his interests[My opinion?  He who pays the piper calls the tune.]

As a psychiatric survivor and someone who experienced many side effects on antipsychotics and antidepressants I was concerned to read the list of side effects that can occur with atomoxetine, from very common to common.  

Therefore the payoff in accepting an ADHD label (although children don't have this choice) are disabling side effects and thoughts of suicide.  Which is what I experienced when taking antidepressant venlafaxine.  Plus bone loss resulting in a fractured fibula and a 6 inch metal plate in 2005.

Very common (>10% incidence) adverse effects (of atomoxetine) include:

  • Nausea (26%)
  • Xerostomia (dry mouth) (20%)
  • Appetite loss (16%)
  • Insomnia (15%)
  • Fatigue (10%)
  • Headache
  • Cough
Common (1-10% incidence) adverse effects include:
  • Dizziness (8%)
  • Erectile dysfunction (8%)
  • Somnolence (8%)
  • Abdominal pain (7%)
  • Urinary hesitation (6%)
  • Tachycardia (high heart rate) (5-10%)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) (5-10%)
  • Irritability (5%)
  • Constipation (8%)
  • Abnormal Dreams (4%)
  • Dyspepsia (4%)
  • Hyperhidrosis (4%)
  • Vomiting (4%)
  • Hot flashes (3%)
  • Paraesthesia (3%)
  • Menstrual disorder (3%)
  • Weight loss (2%)
  • Depression
  • Sinus headache
  • Dermatitis
  • Mood swings
  • Ejaculation disorder (4%)

My opinion of this conference?  It's all about the money.


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