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The case reports on that freaky rare side effect for those AEDs
available only in Japan are hiding on teh InterGoogles somewhere.

Unlike practically all consumer/peer-run mental health sites, I’m out in the open about being batshit crazy. The stigmata regarding mental illness, epilepsy, assorted other neurological conditions, and taking the medications to treat them, are such that I don’t blame anyone for wishing to remain anonymous. It was easy for me to come out of the mental health closet on support groups and elsewhere in 2002. I’m treatment-resistant, so it’s highly unlikely I’ll ever be able to hold a job. Which is OK, because I’m such a cheap bastard I’m able to live off of the ad revenue Crazy Meds generates1. Plus I’m 52, rarely leave my property more than twice a month, and live near the crossroads of No and Where Montana, so it’s not like there are a buttload of employment opportunities waiting for me. Half the people in the small (population ~350) town know me as the guy who never leaves his house, and they give as much as a rat’s ass about it as I do. Ted Kaczynski interacted with his neighbors more than I do. As we have written all over the place, nobody here is a doctor, or anything close to a doctor, although I just love the term Citizen Medical Expert. Even though nobody else uses it, I’ve appropriated it for the forum moderators and use Chief Citizen Medical Expert as my job title. The only official letters after my name are A.A. From Heald college. During the Big Iron Age.

Let’s not forget about qualified by experience (QBE). I’m bipolar, epileptic, and in the moderate Asperger’s part of the autism spectrum. I’m frequently agoraphobic and generally socially indifferent to avoidant to so phobic I can’t even look at snail mail, let alone get on the Internet. I’ve spent five days in the locked ward of a psychiatric hospital, ironically due to complex partial seizures making me act especially weird along rebound autism symptoms from sudden discontinuation of Risperdal, and not bipolar disorder.

I’ve been treated for various brain cooties on and off since 1985, in Australia and the US, but continuously since 2001. Since 2002 I’ve been researching all I can about medications that I’ve failed, medications that worked but didn’t like me after a time, medications that have kept working (so far), and medications I’ll probably never take but people I know have. Prior to starting Crazy Meds I shared what I learned in various places, primary on the bipolar.about.com support group. I’ve accumulated over 15 linear feet of books and journals about the psychiatric and neurological conditions I’ve dealt with, the medications used to treat them, and general neurological, psychiatric, and pharmacological principles.

I’ve lived with several people who have a variety of brain cooties. Bipolar disorder is a popular trait with the male members of my family. Both of my ex-wife’s siblings are schizophrenic. Well, just her sister now, as pharmacophobia killed her brother, and I was flipping out too much myself to check up on him. There are few medications discussed on this site that I don’t have up close and personal experience with, and, one way or another, I have far too much experience with many of the conditions discussed here as well. Here’s the blog where I currently write about my various health issues. What I haven’t been through myself I’ve witnessed in others. I personally know how bad crazy can get, and I’m lucky to know that I’ve had it way easier than many people. The blog Batshit Crazy & Medicated for your Protection, has returned to being my personal space for whining and the ongoing documentary of procrastination. If the entire Crazy Meds site is down status reports will continue to be posted there.

My fellow fossils might remember me from my zine days. Way back in the 1980s - 1990s when I published Poppin’ Zits!2, wrote, helped edit, and published the online version of Factsheet Five on the WeLL, wrote and did assorted other stuff for MRR.

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1 So far. Income has dropped precipitously of late. If this keeps up I'll have to start selling more of my precious crap again.

2 The zine with such a forward-looking and breakthrough design aesthetic that it was blamed for the pervasive information-overload style of MySpace pages.

Equal parts corporate annual report and cyberdelic migraine, Sharper Image catalogue and The Medium is the Massage, Wired is the limit case for postmodern technodazzle in graphic design, pushing the eyestrain envelope to just this side of unreadability. (It falls to magazines with a younger, fringier demographic, like Ray Gun and Poppin’ Zits!, to shatter the legibility barrier into postliterate fragments.) Plunkett and Kuhr’s design is meant to communicate the sped-up, off-center whirl of late 20th century culture, the cowabunga fun of surfing the Third Wave. WIRED UNPLUGGED by Mark Dery.

How does that make me responsible for how the way MySpace looks? Dery quotes Marshall McLuhan:

McLuhan’s theory of “rear-view mirrorism,” which states that the content of each new medium is the medium it superseded (early movies emulated stage plays, for example). WIRED UNPLUGGED by Mark Dery.

MySpace came into existence when blogs had completely - or nearly enough - replaced zines. Anyone who has seen an issue of Poppin’ Zits!, especially issues 4 through 9, and enough MySpace pages could easily tell who the daddy is.


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The information on Crazymeds pertains to and is intended for adults. While some information about children and adolescents is occasionally presented (e.g. US FDA approvals), pediatric-specific data such as dosages, side effects, off-label applications, etc. are rarely included in the articles on drugs or discussed on the forum. If you are looking for information regarding meds for children you’ll have to go somewhere else.
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Nobody on this site is a doctor, a therapist, or a pharmacist. We don’t portray them either here or on TV. Only doctors can diagnose and treat an illness. While it’s not as bad as it used to be, some doctors still get pissed off by patients who know too much about medications, so tread lightly when and where appropriate. Diagnosing yourself from a website is like defending yourself in court, you suddenly have a fool for a doctor. Don’t be a cyberchondriac, thinking you have every disease you see a website about, or that you’ll get every side effect from every medication1. Self-prescribing is as dangerous as buying meds from fraudulent online pharmacies that promise you medications without prescriptions.
All information on this site has been obtained through our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles, the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets, and from sources that are referenced throughout the site. As such the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for real medical advice from your real doctor, just a compliment to it. You should never, ever, replace what a real doctor tells you with something from a website on the Internet. The farthest you should ever take it is getting a second opinion from another real doctor. Educate yourself - always read the PI/SPC sheet or patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away.
Crazymeds is not responsible for the content of sites we provide links to. We like them, or they’re paid advertisements, or they’re something else we think you should read to help you make an informed decision about a particular med. Sometimes they’re more than one of those things. But what’s on those sites is their business, not ours.
Very little information about visitors to this site is collected or saved. From time to time I look at search terms used and which pages they bring up in an effort to make the information I present more relevant. And the country of origin, just because I’m geeky like that. That’s about it. Depending on how you feel about Schrodinger, our privacy policy should either assuage or exacerbate your paranoia.
All brand names of the drugs listed in this site are the trademarks of the companies named on the PI/SPC sheet associated with the medication, sometimes on the pages about the drugs, even though those companies may have been acquired by other companies who may or may not be listed in this site by the time you read this. Or the rights to the drug were sold to another company. And any or all of the companies involved may have changed their names.
Crazymeds is optimized for the browser you’re not using on the platform you wish you had. Between you and me, it all looks a lot cleaner using Safari or Chrome, although more than half of the visitors to this site use either Safari or Internet Explorer, so I’m doing my best to make things look nice for IE as well. I’m using Firefox and running Windows 72. On a computer that sits on top of my desk. With a 23 inch monitor. Hey, at least you can make the text larger or smaller by clicking on the + or - buttons in the upper right hand corner. If you have Java enabled. Like 99% of the websites on the planet, Crazymeds is hosted on domain running an open source operating system with a variety of open source applications, including the software used to display what you’ve been reading. As such Crazymeds is not responsible for whatever weird shit your browser does or does not do when you read this site3.
No neurologists, psychiatrists, therapists or pharmacists were harmed in the production of this website. Use only as directed. Void where prohibited. Contains nuts. Certain restrictions may apply. All data are subject to availability. Not available on all mobile devices, in the 12 Galaxies Guiltied to a Zegnatronic Rocket Society, or in all dimensions of reality. Hail Xenu!

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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.

2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.

3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?
[begin rant] I rent a dedicated server for Crazymeds. It’s sitting on a rack somewhere in Southern California along with a bunch of other servers that other people have rented. The hardware is identical, but no two machines have exactly the same operating systems. I don’t even need to see what is on any of the others to know this. If somebody got their server at the exact same time, with the exact same features as I did, I’m confident that there would be noticeable differences in some aspects of the operating systems. So what does this mean? For one thing it means that no two computers in the same office of a single company have the same operating system, and the techs can spend hours figuring out what the fuck the problem could be based on that alone. It also means that application software like IP board that runs the forum here has to have so many fucking user-configurable bells and whistles that even when I read the manual I can’t find every setting, or every location that every flag needs to be set in order for a feature to run the way I want it to run. And in the real world it means you can get an MBA not only with an emphasis on resource planning, but with an emphasis on using SAP - a piece of software so complex there are now college programs on how to use it. You might think, “But don’t people learn how to use Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator in college?” Sure, in order to create stuff. And in a way you’re creating stuff with SAP. But do you get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Photoshop?
Back in the Big Iron Age the operating systems were proprietary, and every computer that took up an entire room with a raised floor and HVAC system, and had less storage and processing power than an iPhone, had the same operating system as every other one, give or take a release level. But when a company bought application software like SAP, they also got the source code, which was usually documented and written in a way to make it easy to modify the hell out of it. Why? Because accounting principles may be the same the world over, and tax laws the same across each country and state, but no two companies have the same format for their reports, invoices, purchase orders and so forth. Standards existed and were universally ignored. If something went wrong it went wrong the same way for everyone, and was easy to track down. People didn’t need to take a college course to learn how to use a piece of software.
I’m not against the open source concept entirely. Back then all the programmers read the same magazines, so we all had the same homebrew utilities. We even had a forerunner of QR Code to scan the longer source code. Software vendors and computer manufacturers sponsored conventions so we could, among other things, swap recipes for such add-ons and utilities. While those things would make our lives easier, they had nothing to do with critical functions of the operating system. Unless badly implemented they would rarely cause key application software to crash and burn. Whereas today, with open source everything, who the hell knows what could be responsible some part of a system failing. [/end rant]

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