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Current Events

  • 04 October 2015. In a piece Susan Donaldson James of NBC News did on AssureRx’s Genesight testing there’s just a brief mention of the site in the two-paragraph write-up on my experience with GeneSight.
    • Ms. James’ piece is related to Beth Daley’s far more in-depth article on the subject.
    • In case it’s not clear, my position is:
      • Genesight may not be perfect, but, until something better is around, it’s what’s available.
      • It’s a hell of a lot better than selecting meds based on direct-to-consumer and direct-to-physician advertising.
      • Pharmacogenomics is just another tool. An important and very useful one, but the people using it need to know to use it.
      • Also: When I had my test it cost more than $3,800. Expect the prices on these things to drop. Early adopters always pay more. I knew that when I signed the forms.
  • I did a brief interview with Rebecca Corall on KCBS Radio on Friday, 06 February, 2015. We talked about the site and info about psych meds on teh Interwebs.
  • Doctor ‘Scott Alexander’ (almost his real name) wrote a very nice article about why he likes Crazymeds and why he can’t recommend it to his patients (naughty language and owning terms like “crazy” and “nutjob” so they no longer hurt can’t ever work). Really good article and he makes some good points on linguistic choices.
    • What bothers me, but doesn’t surprise me, is how many people suggested he, or someone else, steal my intellectual property, removing the offending language, and redistribute it without my knowledge, consent, and certainly not paying me for it.
    • Because a nutjob fucktard like me obviously doesn’t deserve to make a living by doing something like this site, and we should all be getting government handouts or real jobs. Or be starving on the streets. Or something.
  • The ever-wonderful Maria Bamford told the Times how much she likes Crazymeds…

When traveling, Bamford looks for local support-group meetings to visit. Otherwise, she attends them by phone. She has found a sense of community in online chat rooms and is a vocal fan of, a website that gives advice about psychiatric medications. (In addition to the Depakote, she also takes Prozac for depression and occasionally beta blockers to calm a tremor in her hands.) --The Weird, Scary and Ingenious Brain of Maria Bamford

Recent Reviews

Crazymeds received a great review from Dr. Carlat in The Carlat Psychiatry Report. OK, June 2010 isn’t all that recent, but I didn’t find it until today (25 February 2014). You can also find that review in Dr. Carlat’s article on Psych Central’s section for medical professionals.

Judge Me

There are sites all over teh interwebs for people to rate and review anything and everything. Here are a few about Crazymeds:

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  • Our Page on Mood Stabilizers made number 27 on’s list of 101 Leading Sites on Bipolar Disorder and Depression.
  • Crazymeds’ Rating on WebsiteLooker is one of the few website valuation sites with spot-on accurate traffic data, and fairly close revenue data. Albeit for July 2013. You can still rate sites.
  • Crazymeds’ Rating on Psych Central. Unlike WebsiteLooker, rating Crazymeds has been closed. Although you can rate any other website. Don’t ask me, I don’t know why.
  • Crazymeds’ Reviews on Viewpoints. Viewpoints is a consumer rating & review site I’ve never heard of. Among the numerous consumer products you can rate & review are health websites. The reviews pass my highly accurate1 test to determine if an article about, or having anything to do with, medications is, uh, accurate: if they have a picture of pills the pills are medicines and not supplements. Although it looks like they ran everything through a color filter to mask the diclofenac, Lyrica, and ones I couldn’t identify.
  • Although no rating or review has yet to be entered on this site, I find it … less surprising than I should. So if anyone has an opinion on how well we’re performing in this category, please rate Crazymeds as an online pharmacy. Actually, I’d rather you didn’t. Some moron must have created this page because they work with, or were fooled by, all the asshats who use the Crazymeds name in their spam for ‘pharmacies.’

Paranormal Citings

Apparently Crazymeds is notorious reputable enough to warrant being used as a reference in all sorts of legitimate publications. Including Ph.D. theses, student resources, peer-reviewed papers, books, news stories & assorted articles, and even Big Pharma’s own research material.

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Indistinguishable from Peers

Other potential advantages of online pharmacies include access to the range of medications not available in the U.S. market and the inexhaustible availability of medications at all times. Finally, Internet-based consumers have access to extensive medication information through websites such as,, and, among many others. Online, one can find a peer-based system of monitoring medication effects and associated side effects. Also available are quick comparisons of medication prices and alternative treatments and descriptions of drug interactions.

-- “Psychotropics Without Borders: Ethics and Legal Implications of Internet-Based Access to Psychiatric Medications” The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Vol 39 Issue 1 February 2011.


Non-peer-reviewed, but still good articles:

Humanistic Resources

Crazymeds is listed as a medication resource at:
Crazymeds is listed as a mental health or similar resource at:

Pharmed Out

Before and various WebMD properties2 cloned our features (off-label uses, overseas availability and names, a user forum, and so forth) Crazymeds was the Gold Standard of user/patient-generated social media (or whatever we’re now called by the Big Pharma marketing wallas ((or whatever those guys are now called))) when it comes to bitch-slapping the pharmaceutical industry awake regarding how people who take these meds actually get information about them. From an article based on a study conducted by a Big Pharma solutions-oriented experience deliverer:

According to a study conducted by Envision Solutions, 5 percent of U.S. Internet users looking for information about the antidepressant Lexapro visited the popular blog between mid-December 2006 and mid-January 2007. They are relying on this Weblog because it provides straight talk about the safety and efficacy of many commonly used psychiatric medications.

There is a lesson to be learned here. People turn to social media because they are looking for relevant content. Though pharmaceutical companies devote significant resources to “” Web sites, Internet users are far from satisfied. This is because they want “the real deal” about how medications will affect them and their families. The key to engaging them, building brand loyalty, and increasing compliance is listening to what people want and providing them with information they need.

-- Farad Johnmar Alternative Media: Mastering Social Media Pharmaceutical Executive April 2007

And the study itself, Diving Deeper Into Online Health Search: Examining Why People Trust Internet Content & The Impact Of User-Generated Media. I like the table on page 25. 5% of Internet search traffic. Those were the good old days.

Mr. Johnmar’s company, Envision Solutions, put out a press release about the above study. It got picked up all over the place, and after seven years is still up in a few places:

Mr. Johnmar has also tried to explain social media in general, with us as the exemplar, in these articles:

The above study was used in Connecting with Patients, Overcoming Uncertainty : A white paper on Managing the Risks and Regulatory Issues Associated with Successful Pharmaceutical Social Media Monitoring and Marketing. Crazymeds is the exemplar of the fourth (of four) types of social media creators that have a direct impact on pharmaceutical companies - patients.

Today, patients are becoming prime information sources about a range of subjects, including drug safety and efficacy. One of the most popular patient-developed blogs is Crazymeds (, a compendium of information about user experiences with psychiatric medications.

Alana Klein of PharmExec Direct tries to explain Crazymeds to Big Pharma in her article of 22 November, 2005. Apparently only the good people of GlaxoSmithKline had the cajones enough to admit they don’t get it. Their ad agencies, though, understand things perfectly. Only the future will tell if Alana got things across to the pharmaceutical executives who are her magazine’s target demographic.

And for being the guy Big Pharma needs to suck up to learn something from try to understand clone my ideas and add to the sites they sponsor, like and all the WebMD properties, I was interviewed for a story in the 19 March 2007 edition of American Medical News.

But user-generated sites also ranked in the top five. The fourth-ranked site for Lexapro traffic was, a blog and message board run by a couple from Montana. Jerod Poore, one of the site’s founders, says people have come to his site seeking refuge from drug company-sponsored information, “fear-mongering” sites saying all drugs are bad, and “tea and sympathy” sites that let users vent but don’t share research and practical information.

“We’re more relevant to the consumer because we’re more accessible. We translate doctorese into English,” Poore wrote in an e-mail to American Medical News. “We’ve had the misfortune of firsthand experience with the majority of medications written up on the site. That is, until we’ve found the right cocktail of meds that actually work. Talk about the proverbial long, strange trip.”

-- Handful of sites top search list for medical info 19 March 2007

In another white paper the folks at Manhattan Research use Crazymeds as an example of the health-centric communities they should be paying attention to:

This is one of the very basic tenets of our Web 2.0 world – someone online is talking about pretty much anything you can think of – and your products and services are most certainly part of this dialogue. A quick glance at sites like CrazyMeds ( or HealthBoards ( shows just how active online communities are in discussing treatment options – and how much credence fellow members have in the opinions of certain members of the community.

-- Consumers and Web 2.0; Five Action Items for Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Device Marketers,

They used the term “consumer opinion leader” to describe us, which didn’t last very long in the marketing biz. “Citizen expert” is what we’re called, but I still prefer the more precise “citizen medical expert.” I will be forever3 indebted to Farad Johnmar for coining “citizen medical expert.” That is, without a doubt, the best job title I’ve had since I was an Information Systems Technical Wizard.4

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On Cary Tennis’ article Me minus Zoloft equals what? (1 February, 2005) we’re referenced thusly in a question regarding the discontinuation of Zoloft:

‘’Is it necessary for you to go off it sometime? Why? Is it toxic over a long period of time? Is it just the expense? What benefit is there in going off the drug? Is there a possibility that you will feel not only OK but actually better off the drug? How much of your interest stems from an unexpressed wish to be finally, once and for all, completely cured? ‘’

While, again, I can’t advise pro or con, here is a quote from that made sense to me:
The most important thing to remember is this — your symptoms have gone away BECAUSE THE MEDS ARE WORKING! It’s not necessarily because you’ve been cured.

Indymedia UK quoted our Luvox side effects and how it works in columbine revisited (28 June, 2004) by Captain Wardrobe investigating the relationship between the Columbine high school shootings and psychiatric meds. The entire piece is fear-mongering at it’s finest.

The Spokesman-Review’s Healthbeat (August 2004) has a blurb on Cymbalta’s approval (this was ten years ago) and our warning of its potential for a harsh discontinuation syndrome (since confirmed by many former users of the medication).


Current pages in Wikipedia where Crazymeds articles are used as sources5 or external links.

Raves from the Grave

Really old reviews of

Hey, Dr. J. Barrie McCombs, MD, FCFP, the Director of Medical Information Service of the University of Calgary, recommends Crazymeds as a site for medical information. I shit ye not. Here it is from his column in the November/December 2006 edition of The Alberta Medical Association’s publication.

This is a guide to psychiatric medications, written by people who use them. It is self-described as being for patients who are “mentally interesting.”

-- The Alberta Doctors’ Digest

Crazymeds is invaluable- a human look at the drugs and their effects. In many cases, other patients can give you a better idea of what to expect than anyone else- I’d love to see this idea taken up over more of medicine. Plus it’s really funny.

Steven Wishnia of PC Mag lists us as one of their top 99 undiscovered web sites of 2006. The review long-gone. But here’s what he wrote:

Crazymeds is a helpful guide to psychiatric medications written by the people who use them, with blunt honesty, more scientific rigor than you’d expect, and a very dark sense of humor. Before you start popping Paxil (or anything else), go to Crazymeds to check out the pros and cons.

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1 And incredibly biased.

2 WebMD owns eMedicineHealth, RxList, Medscape, MedicineNet, and

3 Or for as long as I run Crazymeds and/or write about medications. As I've been doing that for 12 years, which is over twice as long as I've been at a real job, in Internet time we're already in forever territory. Even if I've been on the Internet since 1985. AKA "longer than many of you have been alive."

4 And since that was in 1990 or 1991, I was probably the first tech professional in the SF Bay Area with a silly job title. While working for a large company.

5 At least where they have been listed as sources.

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All rights reserved. No warranty is expressed or implied in this information. Consult one or more doctors and/or pharmacists before taking, or changing how you take any neurological and/or psychiatric medication. Your mileage may vary. What happened to us won’t necessarily happen to you. If you still have questions about a medication or condition that were not answered on any of the pages you read, please ask them on Crazy Talk: the Crazymeds Forum.
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. Plus we are big pottymouths and talk about S-E-X a lot.
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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 from the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets and/or medication guides - which is all you get from sites like WebMD, RxList, NAMBLA NAMI, etc., the sources that are referenced throughout the site, our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, and what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles. 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 medication guide/patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away. OK, you can throw away duplicate copies, but keep at least one, as that’s your proof of purchase of having taken a med in case a doctor doubts your medical history. Plus they take up less space than a bottle, although keeping one inside of a pill bottle is even better.
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.
Crazymeds is optimized for ridiculously large screens and browsers that don’t block ads. I use Firefox and Chrome, running under 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.
Crazymeds now uses a secure server, but it is not so secure that you can discuss anything having to do with nuclear power facilities, air traffic control systems, aircraft navigation systems, weapons control systems, or any other system requiring failsafe operation whose failure could lead to injury, death or environmental damage. Just so you know. So if you’re mentally interesting and have a job that deals with that sort of thing, talk about said job elsewhere. Otherwise feel free to discuss your meds and brain cooties.
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!

‘Everything is true, nothing is permitted.’ - Jerod Poore

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?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.

* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.

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