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27/09/2016
Male, 51
Overall satisfaction 2

Diazepam (diazepam)
Unrest

Satisfaction with
4
4
4
4
I've been taking Diazepam for about 14 years now for anxiety and nervousness. Given that I now want to stop taking it, 3 weeks ago I went down to half a tablet, i.e. 5 mg. Now, after 3 weeks, it feels like I'm walking though mud and I feel sick, can't hardly push the pedals on my bike around. I'm not sure if this is why but I think I might be trying to come off them too qu[read more...]ickly. I think I'll go back up to 10 actually.
27/09/2016
Male, 34
Overall satisfaction 5

Paroxetine (paroxetine hydrochloride anhydrous)
Emotional exhaustion / burnout

Satisfaction with
5
4
3
5
In August 2015 I was admitted and it turned out I'd had a breakdown one month later I started taking paroextine (manufactured by Sandoz) started on 20 mg later increased to 30 mg during the first 6 weeks I had loads of panic attacks strange thoughts really down and depressed. After around 3 months I went up to 30 mg and it turned out that I had been on too low a dose which[read more...] meant the medication wasn't having a very good effect on me I've been on it now for a bit over a year and in two months I'm going to start trying to come off them it has really really helped me get everything back into focus oh and don't read the patient information leaflet when you start taking them.
26/09/2016
Female, 44
Overall satisfaction 4

Mirena (levonorgestrel)
Not in the list

Satisfaction with
4
4
5
4
Advised by a friend whose father was a gynaecologist. Before my pregnancy I had the mirena coil. I think I was about 28 then.
26/09/2016
Female, 42
Overall satisfaction 3

Arcoxia (etoricoxib)
Arthrosis

Satisfaction with
5
3
3
5
worked quite well for a few years but unfortunately I've been getting tremendous headaches because of the raised blood pressure it's given me. considering stopping. really good for my ankylosing spondylitis but the side effects are just not to be borne .
26/09/2016
Female, 30
Overall satisfaction 4

Emergency Contraceptive Consilient (levonorgestrel)
Contraception / birth control

Satisfaction with
4
3
3
5
Took the norlevo morning after pill after having sex and the condom had come off. To be on the safe side I took the morning after pill. The day after I took it, my period started. A few days later I got really emotional and got a really bad craving for chocolate which I've still got (5 days later). Also feeling like I want to go to bed early. It's never this bad with my no[read more...]rmal periods so there's definitely something going on.
26/09/2016
Male, 71
Overall satisfaction 1

Pravastatin (pravastatin sodium)
Heart attack

Satisfaction with
3
1
1
5
After hearing things from my peers about pravastatin sodium (negative) I stopped taking this three days ago. (temporarily?). Now I am a lot less short of breath (NOTE: if you are reducing your dose it is always advisable to do so in consultation with your treating doctor. (S)he can determine if it is worth investigating other options.)
26/09/2016
Female, 33
Overall satisfaction 3

Amitriptyline (amitriptyline hydrochloride)
Irratable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Satisfaction with
4
2
3
5
I take 25 mg of amitriptyline because of IBS. The IBS gives me loads of stomach pains and almost daily diarrhoea. Since I've been taking this medicine I have less stomach ache and better stools. So this is where I really notice a difference. The stomach pains haven't completely disappeared but they are less severe. Also I haven't had any migraines since taking amitriptylin[read more...]e. Coincidence or not, it's fine by me. To start off with I had some side effects like dry mouth, sleeping a lot and now after a couple of months I'm struggling with weight gain. This is also the reason why I am considering stopping. I don't know what's worse. Stomach pains or getting fatter.
26/09/2016
Female, 24
Overall satisfaction 2

Mirena (levonorgestrel)
Contraception / birth control

Satisfaction with
4
2
2
5
Having my coil inserted was horrendous! I don't have children so it really, really hurt! I had to lie down in a dark room for half an hour before I could leave. I am having loads of mood swings and really irregular periods. Mostly 7 days long. Along with terrible stomach pains, almost like contractions... I'm never having one again after this!!