Books about medicines psychiatric adverse-reactions




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Psychiatric Side Effects of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications

Recognition and Management

Both prescription and non-prescription medications used in medicine and psychiatry can cause a varietyof problems for those taking them, both in terms of their behavior and their ability to think. The first book to thoroughly examine how to recognize and manage the psychological side-effects of these medicines, this exhaustive work also provides a fingertip source of vital information for everyone from psychiatrists, primary care doctors and other medical subspecialty practitioners to students, residents and general readers. Noted physicians Thomas Markham Brown and Alan Stoudemire cover all of the major medications used in medicine and psychiatry, with full chapters on such topics as:

Antipsychotics  - Antidepressants - Lithium - Anticonvulsants - Anesthetic agents

Sedative-Hypnotic and related agents - Antibiotic - Cardiovascular agents Antineoplastic agents 

Gastrointestinal agents - Pulmonary agents - Hematologic agents - Antilipemic agents

Drugs affecting the endocrine system

Throughout this information-packed reference, the authors, noted physicians Thomas Markham Brown and Alan Stoudemire, cover all of the major medications used in medicine and psychiatry. They focus on the fundamental ways drugs cause cognitive toxicity and map strategies for clinical management. They also address the consequences of drug interactions and the basic pathophysiology of central nervous system toxicity. With the help of Psychiatric Side Effects of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications, readers will be able to quickly identify the ways drugs sometimes negatively affect behavior and ability to reason, and then determine the best practical course for treating those problems.


Overdosed America: the broken promise of American medicine by John Abramson

John Abramson is an American physician and the author of the book

Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine. Dr Abramson has worked as a family doctor and has served as chairman of the department of a family practice.  He was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow and is on the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School, where he teaches primary care.

Book Description from Amazon
Release date: January 29, 2008 | ISBN-10: 0061344761 | ISBN-13: 978-0061344763 | Edition: 3

Using the examples of Vioxx, Celebrex, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, and anti-depressants, Overdosed America shows that at the heart of the current crisis in American medicine lies the commercialization of medical knowledge itself.
Drawing on his background in statistics, epidemiology, and health policy, John Abramson, M.D., reveals the ways in which the drug companies have misrepresented statistical evidence, misled doctors, and compromised our health. The good news is that the best scientific evidence shows that reclaiming responsibility for your own health is often far more effective than taking the latest blockbuster drug.
You and your doctor will be stunned by this unflinching expose of American medicine.


The Pill That Steals Lives: One Woman's Terrifying Journey to Discover the Truth about Antidepressants

While going through a divorce, documentary filmmaker Katinka Blackford Newman took an antidepressant. Not unusual except that things didn't turn out quite as she expected. She went into a four-day toxic psychosis with violent hallucinations, imagining she had killed her children, and in fact attacking herself with a knife. Caught up in a real-life nightmare when doctors didn't realise she was suffering side effects of more pills...(read more plus many reviews on Amazon)

Paperback – 2016                      by Katinka Blackford Newman  


Pharmageddon by Dr David Healy, Professor of Psychological Medicine 

Pharmageddon (2012)

Pharmaceutical companies have hijacked healthcare in America, and the results are life-threatening.
Dr. David Healy documents a riveting and terrifying story that affects us all.

David Healy, a professor of psychiatry at Bangor University in the UK, is a psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist, and author. His main areas of research are the contribution of antidepressants to suicide, conflict of interest between pharmaceutical companies and academic medicine, and the history of pharmacology. Healy has written more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, 200 other articles, and 20 books, including The Antidepressant Era, The Creation of Psychopharmacology, The Psychopharmacologists Volumes 1-3, Let Them Eat Prozac, and Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder.
Pharmageddon is the story of a tragedy.

Book Description - Publication Date: March 12, 2012 | ISBN-10: 0520270983 | ISBN-13: 978-0520270985 | Edition: 1


This searing indictment, David Healy's most comprehensive and forceful argument against the pharmaceuticalization of medicine, tackles problems in health care that are leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities.

Healy, who was the first to draw attention to the now well-publicized suicide-inducing side effects of many anti-depressants, attributes our current state of affairs to three key factors: product rather than process patents on drugs, the classification of certain drugs as prescription-only, and industry-controlled drug trials.

These developments have tied the survival of pharmaceutical companies to the development of blockbuster drugs, so that they must overhype benefits and deny real hazards. Healy further explains why these trends have basically ended the possibility of universal health care in the United States and elsewhere around the world. He concludes with suggestions for reform of our currently corrupted evidence-based medical system.
 For more information from Dr David Healy see


Are Your Meds Making You Sick?: A Pharmacist's Guide to Avoiding Dangerous Drug Interactions, Reactions, and Side-Effects [Paperback]

Robert S. Gold (Author)

Published by Hunter House
Distributed by Publishers Group West
Category: Health & Fitness
Publication Date: November 2011
ISBN 978-0-89793-570-8 
 240 Pages

Common Drug Combinations Can Be Lethal

Newburgh, IN - December 21, 2011 - Dangerous drug interactions and common drug-induced illnesses are a hidden epidemic in the United States. Unqualified use and abuse of prescription drugs is becoming commonplace as many doctors prescribe multiple meds because either they don't have the time to fully diagnose, or worse, they are pressured to prescribe (sell) highly profitable drugs. In the United States alone adverse drug interactions cause death, injury or hospitalization to more than 2 million people each year and that number could be the tip of the iceberg, as millions of cases go undetected or unreported.

Are Your Meds Making You Sick? A Pharmacist's Guide to Avoiding Dangerous Drug Interactions, Reactions and Side Effects is a highly accessible and clearly formatted quick reference for the layperson. Written by Robert S. Gold, RPh, MBA, a clinical hospital pharmacist and affiliate instructor of clinical pharmacy at Purdue University with over 27 years of experience, Are Your Meds Making You Sick, shows readers how to protect themselves by learning to think like a clinical hospital pharmacist. Gold lists '16 Rules of Safe Medication Use' that can help prevent the most common adverse and dangerous drug interactions. He then gives specific examples and scenarios featuring the thirty-six drugs that are the most prevalent offenders and explains how even seemingly good drugs can harm a patient's kidney, liver, brain and heart if the patient's medical history and physical vulnerabilities are not taken into account.


"Prescription for Injury"                   ISBN: 978-1844-26-8030
By Colin Downes-Grainger,

The author, a victim of benzodiazepine ADRs sadly died.
A talented writer and artist, his words will live on.


 Book about Benzodiazepines including Valium, from Colin's own experience and years of his expert research into these addictive drugs. Medicine inflicts widespread damage through mind altering drugs and a range of other drugs. This book answers the question of why so often dangerous drugs are sold to regulators and doctors as safe only for patients to discover later that this is far from true. The history of tranquillisers has been pulled together to show that doctors are not as expert as they think they are when they prescribe, that drug companies routinely exploit and control the existing medical system in the UK.

Routine denial and the downplaying of harm should have no place in medicine but it is an institutional attitude and policy in the UK.
The Department of Health and the MHRA play politics with people's lives. There is no doubt that the defence and underestimation of past harm, allows the continuation of a system which will produce more avoidable injury in the future.
The author campaigns for drug safety and a change in the system where no one is held accountable and the victims are left to fend for themselves.

More information about Colin and his writing can be found on


Doctoring the Mind by Professor Richard P Bentall

A section from the book in The Mail, focussing on SSRI and similar antidepressants, gives inside information about the way pharmaceutical companies spend money on trips, hotels and hospitality for doctors, to encourage prescribing of their drugs. Article includes a number to obtain reduced price copies.

Article by Professor Bentall 

So how many drinks did a drug firm buy your doctor to give you those happy pills


Straight Talking Introductions to Mental Health Problems: series edited by Richard Bentall and Pete Sanders

Series of pocket sized books published by PCCS Books

ISBN 978 1 906254 18 6
Published June 2009

A Straight Talking Introduction To Caring for Someone with Mental Health Problems by Jen Kilyon and Theresa Smith
Caring for someone with Mental Health Problems

Comment by Millie Kieve Founder of APRIL:

Carers' voices in the field of mental health should be heard. Testimonies in this book and comments by the authors and editors,  contain sound support, from experience, of the need for change in practices in the Mental Health System.
For too long the views of those closest to the victims of mental distress and thoughtful, caring health professionals who believe changes would benefit society, have been sidelined by the policy makers, in favour of the use and overuse of prescribed medicines. The result of this practice and ignoring underlying causes of mental distress in the first place, can be iatrogenic long term illness, (drug induced illness) and deaths, which in many cases could be avoided.

Whatever has caused mental confusion and distress, be it a side effect of a medicine, illegal drugs , brain damage or life's events, this book is a must for anyone involved. professionally or personally, in the care of those in need of mental health support.

Books in this Series
Straight-Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs
Joanna-Moncrieff - link to radio 4 interview
A Straight-Talking Introduction to Caring for Someone with Mental Health Problems
Jen Kilyon & Theresa Smith (eds)
A Straight-Talking Introduction to Psychological Treatments for Mental Health Problems
David Pilgrim
A Straight-Talking Introduction to Children's Mental Health Problems
Sami Timimi

About - The Straight-Talking Series comment by the publisher:

Pocket sized, good value series of succinct, thought provoking introductions ideal for students in all mental health disciplines, psychiatric service users, carers and indeed everyone with an interest in mental health.
     Rather than accept that solutions to mental health problems are owned by the medical professions, these books look at alternatives and provide information so that the users of psychiatric services, their families and carers can make more decisions about their own lives. Becoming more active in mental health issues requires knowledge � this series of books is a starting point for anyone who wants to know more about mental health problems. These books also introduce ways of working collaboratively with doctors, psychiatrists and counsellors.
     The authors are acknowledged leaders in their respective specialist fields with reputations for clear thinking, realistic, compassionate approaches and straight talking.


The Myth of the Chemical Cure - Dr Joanna Moncrieff

BBC radio 4 interview with Joanna Moncrieff with Trevor Turner

JOANNA MONCRIEFF is an academic and practising psychiatrist. She is a long-standing critic of psychiatric drug treatment and has published numerous articles in medical journals. She was a founding member and is the co-chair person of the Critical Psychiatry Network.
This book contradicts the promoted idea that psychiatric drugs correct chemical imbalances, as a dangerous deception of the public and psychiatrists.
It tracks the promotion and development of this myth and the commercial reasons behind it.
Joanna Moncrieff proposes that psychiatric drugs 'work' by creating abnormal brain states, which are often unpleasant and impair normal intellectual and emotional functions along with other harmful consequences.

" This book exposes the traditional view that psychiatric drugs correct chemical imbalances as a dangerous fraud. It traces the emergence of this view and the way it supported the vested interests of the psychiatric profession, the pharmaceutical industry and the modern state. Instead it is proposed that psychiatric drugs 'work' by creating abnormal brain states, which are often unpleasant and impair normal intellectual and emotional functions along with other harmful consequences. Research on antipsychotics, antidepressants and mood stabilisers is examined to demonstrate this thesis and it is suggested that acknowledging the real nature of psychiatric drugs would lead to a more democratic practice of psychiatry."

Joanna Moncrieff was a participant in APRIL's 2001 & 2008 conferences


Drug-Induced Dementia: a perfect crime - Grace E. Jackson, MD 

 published May 2009

also available from Amazon & Barnes & Noble - paperback

Under the influence of declining birth rates, expanding longevity, and changing population structures around the world, the global prevalence of senile dementia is expected to increase more than four-foldwithin the next forty years.    Within the United States alone, the number of affected individuals over the age of 65 is expected to rise exponentially from 8 million cases (2% of the entire population in the year 2000), to 18 million retirees (roughly 4.5% of the national census in the year 2040).   Although they are striking, these statistics quite likely underestimate the scope of the coming epidemic, as they fail to consider the impact of under-diagnosis, early-onset disease, and the potential for a changing incidence of illness in the context of increasingly toxic environments. 

In the face of this imminent crisis, concerned observers have called for policies and practices which aim to prevent, limit, or reverse dementia.  Drug-Induced Dementia:  A Perfect Crime is a timely resource which reveals why and how medical treatments themselves, specifically, psychopharmaceuticals, are a substantial cause of brain degeneration and premature death.  

A first-of-its-kind resource for patients and clinicians, the book integrates research findings from epidemiology (observational studies of patients in the 'real world'), basic biology (animal experiments), and clinical science (neuroimaging and autopsy studies) in order to demonstrate the dementing and deadly effects of psychiatric drugs.  

Dr. Grace E. Jackson is a board-certified psychiatrist who graduated  from California Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  She earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, in 1996, then completed her internship and residency in the U.S. Navy.   
An internationally renowned lecturer, writer, and forensic consultant, she has submitted testimony to governmental agencies and authorities on behalf of patients� rights, medical ethics, and health care reform, and she has served as an expert witness for the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (a non-profit organization based in Anchorage, Alaska).


Another book by Grace Jackson....... 

Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs : A Guide for Informed Consent - Grace E. Jackson, MD 
Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent is a critical appraisal of the medications which an estimated 20% of Americans consume on a regular (and sometimes involuntary) basis.


Coming off Psychiatric Drugs - Peter Lehmann

Successful Withdrawal from Neuroleptics, Antidepressants, Lithium, Carbamazepine and Tranquilizers
Published in English, German and Greek languages
 By Peter Lehmann Publishing. The world wide first book about Successful coming down from psychiatric drugs. With experience-reports of 28 (ex-)users and survivors of psychiatric drugs from all over the world and additional articles of psychotherapists, physicians, psychiatrists, natural healers and other professionals helping withdraw. Prefaces by Judi Chamberlin, Pirkko Lahti and Loren R. Mosher. British ISBN    


Dying for a Cure by Rebekah Beddoe

  • published May 28 2009 Hammersmith Press ISBN 978-1-905140-25-1

"For all those who have endured the living hell of acute drug-induced   akathisia" A woman's battle with antidepressants, misdiagnosis and madness.
Shortly following the birth of her first child, Rebekah Beddoe was exhausted. Informally diagnosed as suffering post natal depression, she was given little white pills to 'help her'. The supposed 'cure' led to deterioration in her mental health. We must be grateful that now, fully recovered, Rebekah is sharing her urgent message for all those who take and prescribe SSRI and similar antidepressants.

Forward by Professor David Healy

David Healy states " What she describes will seem unbelievable to many - although not to those who have been through the 'system'. Could it happen here in Britain in 2009? Absolutely. Countless dramas of this sort happen in British clinics every day - and not just within the mental health domain."

Medicines Out of Control- Charles Medawar and Anita Hardon

A 'must read' book with all the latest information about the SSRI antidepressant - history of licencing - undisclosed vital information affecting the lives of millions of people - Researcher Charles Medawar has been warning the UK regulator and Department of Health for years about the withdrawal problems and adverse effects so many people suffer.        

 Charles Medawar was a participant in APRIL's 04 & 08 conferences

Making and Breaking Children's Lives a Collaboration between two Clinical Psychologists - Criag Newnes & Nick Radcliffe
2005 ISBN 1 898059 70 5
Foreword by Oliver James

Making and Breaking Children's Lives examines how children are hurt in modern society. We hear much about the effects of early abandonment, abuse and lack of attachment, but find that children's experiences are sanitised through medical diagnoses and frequently the 'help' offered is prescription drugs. Nowhere is this more evident than in the current trend to label children with ADHD.

The following two books with Prozac in the title are not just about the antidepressant Prozac - but reach into the political and often unethical realms of undisclosed clinical trial results; hidden information affecting the well being of the public; drugs promotion tactics; ineffective drug regulation. A must read for anyone concerned about the safety of pharmaceutical products. Both writers are brave, caring and deserve the support of all who aim for honesty and transparancy in the face of greed and deception.


Let Them Eat Prozac - Dr David Healy

Professor of Psychological Medicine University of Wales, Hergest Unit

The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression. A frank examination of the pharmaceutical industry and of the most popular drugs of the last twenty years. In this book David Healy describes his transition from drug industry consultant to independent minded critic. We meet leading figures in drug research, industry promotion and government regulators. We are taken into the back rooms of lawsuits where industry experts go head-to-head with lawyers and victims families looking for compensation for apparently Prozac-induced suicide.  -
 Professor David Healy was a participant in APRIL's 01 & 08 conferences

Beyond Prozac Healing Mental Distress - Dr Terry Lynch

An excellent book with useful references to the work of Dr David Healy, Charles Medawar and Peter Breggin. Speaks from the heart of a GP so concerned for his patients' well being that he studied ways of helping them without the necessesity to always reach for the prescription pad. There are examples of patients he treated over time by addressing their social and other problems resulting is reduction of medication, which was often prescribed by people unconcerned about the life events that led to their depression. 



The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It  Marcia Angell

The pharmaceutical industry, according to Marcia Angell, is fraught with corruption and doing a disservice to customers, the federal government, and to the medical establishment itself. In The Truth About the Drug Companies, Angell explains how a huge portion of the revenue generated by "Big Pharma" goes not into research and development but into aggressive marketing campaigns to sell their product. There are also problems with the drugs themselves, Angell indicates, since a majority are "me-too drugs", slightly modified versions of existing products which meant to address concerns of consumers most likely to spend money on pharmaceuticals.

Marcia Angell is former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

She has also published several articles, including
Is Academic Medicine For Sale?, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, May, 2000.

 Is It Possible Some Doctors Still Don't 'Get' the Extent of Big Pharma'sFinancial Ties to 'Standard of Care' Research?"

An article worth reading on the following books is published on the blog
In the article, Dr. Angell reviews these three books. But her article is far more than just a book review!)


Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher: God's Call to Loving Arms - Gwen Olsen

Gwendolyn Olsen spent fifteen years as a sales representative in the pharmaceutical industry. It is easy to write off prescription drug deaths, medical errors, and U.S. health care crisis statistics as just numbers. However, they are not. In a well researched, impeccably documented, finely written manner, Gwen Olsen has given us account of the gripping details of real people hurt by the failures of modern health care.

On December 2, 2004, Gwen Olsen's niece Megan committed suicide by setting herself on fire-and ended her tortured life as a victim of the adverse effects of prescription drugs. Olsen's poignant autobiographical journey through the darkness of mental illness and the catastrophic consequences that lurk in medicine cabinets around the country offers an honest glimpse into alarming statistics and a health care system ranked last among nineteen industrialized nations worldwide. As a former sales representative in the pharmaceutical industry for several years, Olsen learned firsthand how an unprecedented number of lethal drugs are unleashed in the United States market, but her most heartrending education into the dangers of antidepressants would come as a victim and ultimately, as a survivor.Rigorously researched and documented, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher is a moving human drama that shares one woman's unforgettable journey of faith, forgiveness, and healing. 



On the Take - How Medicine's Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D.


Don't Tell the Patient - Behind the Drug Safety Net by Professor Bill Inman

By Professor Bill Inman former Chairman UK Committee on Safety of Drugs, founder of Drug Safety Research Unit, developed the National 'Yellow Card' ADR reporting scheme. He discovered the link to blood clots and the contraceptive pill.


I'm a Patient - Get me out of Here - Dr Diana Samways MBBS

Dr Diana Samways is a conventionally trained Doctor. Since graduating in 1964, Dr. Samways has practiced in both main stream and alternative medicine. However, after spending over 20 years diagnosing and treating symptoms rather than the cause ("Pill Fairy"), Dr. Samways decided to put her expertise into practice by offering a Holistic approach using therapies that are drug free. 'Get me out of Here' covers many common conditions which are difficult to treat, with a light touch and is written in a contemporary fast-moving style with simple, readable explanations of complex processes.

  Dr Diana Samways was a participant in APRIL's 2004 conference.


Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs - Stephen Fried

Investigative journalist husband of Diane Ayres who suffered serious neurological adverse effects after taking one dose of a fluoroquinolone antibiotic "Since that day in the emergency room, I have been on a quest. I am trying to find out if my wife was the victim of a pharmacological foul-up or just a statistically acceptable casualty of friendly fire in the war on disease."


Users and Abusers in Psychiatry by Lucy Johnstone


Dirty Medicine: Science big business and the assault on natural health care 

Skewed  Martin Walker
HRT: Licensed to Kill and Maim, 2006 .                                                           

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Davies's Textbook of Adverse Drug Reactions
by D. M. Davies (Editor), R. E. Ferner (Editor), H. De Glanville (Editor), D.m. Davies (Author), R.e. Ferner (Author)


Davies's Textbook of Adverse Drug Reactions (Hardcover)