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Neuroleptic Drugs

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Back in the late 80s, I visited a clinic to seek psychological counseling. Subsequent to personal problems, I complained that I could not concentrate and asked the attending psychiatric nurse for a tranquilizer. I was given an anti-psychotic drug without any warning or explanation, told that this would "help me to concentrate". The drug was called TRILAFON. I was prescribed this DANGEROUS and HORRIBLE drug by a doctor, then referred back to a nurse for continued counseling. What a contradiction to deem a patient in need of an antipsychotic drug, then put him under the wing of a nurse.

Shortly thereafter, I began to suffer eye infections accompanied by excruciating ear spasms. I took myself permanently off this drug after only several weeks of use. (I never again and will never again take any psychoactive medication.) Subsequently, I was told by another doctor that I was wise to take myself off of this dangerous chemical, and that I had been treated by an incompetent doctor.

Over the next several years, I suffered a dozen such episodes with the ear spasms that left specialists at a loss. Over the years, symptoms then gradually reduced, but never completely disappeared. I still notice painful little reminders of the spasms upon, for instance, yawning when I wake up in the morning.

There are probably millions of people who have taken one of these terrible neuroleptic drugs, also called "major tranquilizers", known to cause such horrid symptoms as tardive dystonia, or involuntary shaking similar to Parkinson's Disease. Incidence of such symptoms is not at all rare, in the 10-20% range for long term use, depending on which study you read. Symptoms can be crippling and permanent, even after discontinuing the drugs.

If tobacco is a dangerous substance that provides grounds for a class lawsuit, why not neuroleptic drugs proven to cause permanent and extensive neurological damage even when taken only for a matter of weeks or months?

I know that a negligence lawsuit must be filed against doctors within 2 years. Is there anything that can be done in terms of a class action lawsuit?

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