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Source - Health Impact Daily News

September 11, 2012

Tranquilizer Klonopin Destroyed 8 Years of Stevie Nicks' Life

"Klonopin is an addictive and dangerous drug that is routinely prescribed for a variety of anxiety symptoms, and is commonly used as a sleep aid. Once dependent on this drug, withdrawal symptoms can be very serious and dangerous. An attempt at total withdrawal can be devastating, and the after effects of the drug can last years. A great "tapering" program designed to naturally wean people off of anti-depressants is the "The Road Back" program that utilizes nutrients and supplements. There are many people besides Stevie Nicks who have suffered terribly from prescription drugs like Klonopin and from trying to withdraw from these drugs. The medical professionals largely deny the risks and dangers, so these people often need to find help elsewhere. The Road Back program is one of the most successful programs around, having helped over 50,000 people to date."

"Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks discusses the biggest mistake she says she ever made — giving in to her friends and going to see a psychiatrist. He put her on the drug Klonopin, and the next eight years of her life were destroyed. 

According to Nicks, if she didn’t take it, her hands started to shake. She gained weight and felt as if she had a neurological disease."

Oscar Nominee Uses The Road Back Program to Become Drug Free Click here to read her story.

Like most of us, you are probably not a professional singer or have never been nominated for an Oscar. A drug does not have a clue who you are, it does not know your age or your religion, it is simply a drug.

The story below is more inline with what we receive daily at The Road Back. Everyday people just trying to get through the day and reach tomorrow and hoping tomorrow can somehow bring a better day. You are why we are here. All of the information on how to do The Road Back Program is available on our web site. Click How to Start located on the top navigation menu. Sometimes we all need a little encouragement to get through a drug withdrawal. We are here for you throughout the process and of course our assistance is at no charge.

"Praise The Lord and thank you for your program. I have been doing The Road Back Program for just over a month and have already seen great results. After about 8 years of being on prescription sleep meds for insomnia and trying several over the counter sleep aids to  which  none have worked. So I was put on Ambien by my Dr and tried to get off it once (Ambien) but not successful.

I was very discouraged and thought I would be on this stuff the rest of my life, and was tired of all the hassle I had to go through with the insurance company.  My husband went on line and did some research and found your program. At first I was skeptical but did my own research and was liking what I read and decided to give it a try.

After I got my doctors approval I order the supplements that you suggest, received them and started taking them.  I did find I started to feel better with the JNK Body Calm and Body Calm Supreme and was able to cut the Ambien down to a 1/2 pill nightly.

Then I got my next shipment last week which the new products replace the old Body Calm.  I take the Body Calm Supreme With Melatonin right before I laid down and within 20 minutes I am dozing off and sleep the whole night. Even though I get up to go to the bathroom I go right back to sleep, this is  a first for me . It feels so good to be able to sleep the whole night thru with no drugs and wake up ready to start my day. 

Thank you,  God Bless"

B.H.

Klonopin

“Jim, here is my testimonial.  Feel free to use however you wish.  God bless you!  WARNING: KLONIPIN IS A VERY ADDICTIVE AND DANGEROUS DRUG   SIDE EFFECTS can be serious and harmful to overall health.  WITHDRAWAL from this drug is dangerous and might very well kill you 

This is what any physician should be required to advise patients upon prescribing Klonopin. I began my journey to Hell a little over 6 years ago while going through a nasty divorce.  I was experiencing major anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia.  These symptoms did improve.  However, over the years I developed hypertension and steadily gained weight which I had never had a problem with.  I began taking Lisinopril for the hypertension.

I made the decision to go off of the Klonopin after seeing my gynecologist and discussing these issues with her.  She said that she felt the K was the culprit.  I asked how to taper, she told me to talk to my family doctor who prescribed it to me.  I was not told of the horrible withdrawal so I didn't think it would be a big deal.  I began tapering....and did a complete taper within a month.  I had been taking 1 mg 3X daily for 6+ years.

At first I did not attribute my symptoms to the withdrawal.  It was subtle at first, smells and the taste of food was very strange.  Hands and feet numb and tingling.  Unable to carry a train of thought and to complete a task.  I googled withdrawal from Klonopin.  I was shocked at what I read.  I prayed that I would not experience any of it.....and really did not think this would happen to "me".  Little did I know that I had just begun my descent into Hell.

I do not feel that I can adequately convey the nightmare.  You just about have to go through it to know what it is like. There are exceptions, as Jim is proof of.  I thank God for his dedication to overcoming addiction and The Road Back.  I will get into this a little later.

Here is a list of  what I experienced, not in order and not to the degree of each symptom, there is really no way to do so:

major anxiety and panic attacks,  insomnia,  hot/cold spells,  severe sweating,  no appetite,  sensitivity to noise/ light/ movement, pain in extremities,  blurred vision,  ringing in ears,  fullness in head, vertigo, high bp even on lisinopril,  increased heart rate,  confusion, disorientation, de-realization, depersonalization, detachment.  I was completely unable to function.

About two weeks into this horror, my daughter visited and started researching online.  She found The Road Back program.  I was willing to try anything.  My husband placed an order for the Neuro Endure Mini.  Of course it would be a few days to receive it which doesn't seem long.  But when you are living a minute to minute nightmare it is a very long time.  And I was not certain it would even work.  I was at the end of my rope.  I had not slept in 4 consecutive days and nights.  My heart rate was 130+ constantly.  I felt like I was going to die.  My husband thought that since I had read about these withdrawal symptoms that somehow I should miraculously be "alright", bc it was "normal" and I would eventually be okay.  He told me to "get a grip".  I began to cry, uncontrollably.  And scream...it seemed as though it was not even coming from me.  I did not even feel human,  I felt like an alien.  I could not take anymore.  

My husband drove me to the ER.  I was terrified that I would be committed to the psyche ward.  I feared that the doctor would not understand (who could???)!  Thankfully I was wrong.  After I had somehow been talking for quite some time, he finally looked me in the eye.  I did not think I had gotten through to him.  He disclosed that his son had been addicted to K and was hospitalized for seizures.  I was relieved and terrified at the same time.  He reassured me that I was most likely past the seizure stage.  He said that kicking the K would be the hardest thing I have ever done in my life but that it would be so worth it.  He did ask me if I wanted to go back on the K, that the majority of ppl could not make it through withdrawal and went back on the drug.  I will admit that I had thought about it......I somehow found the courage to say NO.  He was concerned about my bp which was 157/124 P132 upon entering hospital.  But he did not want to address it just yet as he felt is was a result of withdrawal.  He prescribed a 20 day of Lunesta for sleep.  I actually slept for the first time in days.  Thank God for this doctor.

I thought that maybe since I had gotten some sleep that my symptoms would improve.  I was wrong.  I thought about Neuro Endure Mini and began an agonizing wait.  I would sit outside and wait for the delivery, afraid that I would miss it.  I was a bit skeptical as I had the misconception that anything that wasn't prescribed by a doctor was worthless. But yet I was desperate and this man Jim Harper really seemed to know his stuff.  I finally received my NEM and had to restrain myself to only take the recommended amount. 

I had corresponded with Jim/The Road Back on occasion.  This was my lifeline.   He suggested keeping a journal to monitor my reactions and I did.  I am very thankful for this as now that I am better it is a little difficult for me to remember how debilitated I really was.

After only a few days I increased to 2 capsules 3X daily.  On about day five, I began to catch glimpses of "Jill".  Very brief but still........it was a start.  I also began taking the JNK 3 capsules daily, as well as Omega 3, vitamin E and biotin.  It was a slow and steady progression at first, but praise God I am happy to report that I am feeling human again.  I have control again!  I know without a doubt that these supplements work!  It seems like years ago that I first contacted Jim.  Hard to believe it has only been about three months.  Most with this degree of withdrawal report at least a year.  I do not think I could have endured that.  Occasionally I have a bad day,  and I found that even 1 glass of wine would set me back.  I avoid all alcohol.  My bp and heart rate have returned to normal! I no longer take Lunesta and I am able to sleep.  I am enjoying the things that brought me joy years ago.  I am discovering new and exciting things about myself.   

I want to encourage anyone going through withdrawal to Klonopin or other Benzo drugs to give The Road Back a try.  The information and support is FREE.  The supplements saved my life.  I read some reviews about the supplements being expensive.  Hello????????  I would have paid anything to be better, even rehab.  The ER doctor told me that his son had been to rehab several times to no avail.  I cannot confirm or deny rehab treatment as I have not had it.  But I can tell you that the supplements are a mere fraction of the cost of rehab.  I will continue with the NEM until I feel that I am completely well. 

I hope that my experience will help others that find themselves in this hellish nightmare.  I could never thank Jim Harper enough.  God bless him and The Road Back program.”

Jill A/North Carolina

Cymbalta® Withdrawal Lawsuit

As you know, The Road Back Program has been providing free assistance and support to Cymbalta patients who have suffered from the sometimes life-debilitating withdrawal side effects associated with the discontinued use of Cymbalta and have been doing so since 1999.

15 years later, we are pleased to announce that Schmidt & Clark, LLP, a nationally recognized products liability law firm has announced that it is now pursuing litigation against the manufacturer of Cymbalta on behalf of patients who took the drug and subsequently suffered from withdrawal side effects.

The firm is currently accepting new Cymbalta withdrawal clients nationwide.  To see if you qualify, you can visit their Cymbalta Withdrawal Lawsuit website.

What’s the Problem?

Cymbalta is an antidepressant medication approved to treat major depressive and anxiety disorders, chronic musculoskeletal pain including discomfort from osteoarthritis and chronic lower back pain, as well as diabetic peripheral neuropathy and fibromyalgia. The drug is manufactured by Eli Lilly & Co., and was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004. 

Cymbalta has been linked to severe withdrawal symptoms in patients who discontinue treatment of the drug. Clinically referred to as Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome, this condition’s symptoms include*: 

·         “Brain Zaps” (electric shock sensations)

·         Suicidal Thoughts

·         Nightmares

·         Involuntary Crying or Laughing

·         Persistent ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)

·         Mood swings

·         Limb pain

·         Hypomania

·         Seizures

·         Anxiety

·         Agitation

·         Diarrhea

* For a complete list of withdrawal symptom side effects, please visit our websites Cymbalta home page: http://www.theroadback.org/cymbaltawithdrawal.aspx

According to an FDA Warning, Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome can cause “injury, distress and life management impacts” when a patient quits taking the drug. Symptoms can persist for weeks or even months after discontinuing Cymbalta, and can adversely affect the person’s job function and personal relationships.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices issued the following Cymbalta withdrawal warning, “an array of problems that included neurological effects such as Paresthesia and dizziness, psychiatric problems such as crying, suicidal ideation, and anger, and other symptoms including effects on appetite and weight gain. Early clinical studies of abrupt discontinuation showed that withdrawal effects occurred in 40 to 50% of patients, that 10% of those were severe, and that approximately half had not resolved when side effects monitoring ended after one or two weeks. Serious withdrawal symptoms are not unique to duloxetine, and occur with several other antidepressants, benzodiazepines, amphetamines, and opioids.

Cymbalta Discontinuation Dilemma

The Cymbalta Prescribing Information states: “A gradual reduction in the dose rather than abrupt cessation is recommended whenever possible.” However, gradually stepping down the dosage of Cymbalta is virtually impossible because the drug is only available in 20, 30 and 60mg capsules that cannot be divided or cut in half.

Do I Have a Cymbalta Withdrawal Lawsuit?

The Products Liability Litigation Group at the law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits. The firm is pursuing individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Cymbalta withdrawal cases in all 50 states. If you experienced severe withdrawal symptoms after quitting or attempting to quit Cymbalta, we suggest that you visit their website. The site includes detailed information, news and more regarding this drug and the litigation surrounding it.

About Schmidt & Clark, LLP

Schmidt & Clark, LLP focuses on helping individuals and families. The firm has built a reputation for success, and represents their clients in group and individual lawsuits nationwide. Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP is national in scope, they level the playing field for their clients by providing them with access to a level of professional legal representation previously available only to large corporations, while still providing personal attention to each client.

For more information on the Cymbalta lawsuit or Schmidt & Clark, LLP, please visit:

www.schmidtandclark.com/cymbalta-withdrawal or call the law firm directly, toll free 24 hrs/day (866) 588-0600.