New Vintage Psychiatric Drug/Pharmaceutical Ads: The Biggest Gallery Yet!
These are merely an introduction…
I happened upon a serious vault of print ads, past and more recent, and most are those that only appear in magazines for doctors – journals but they’re full of ads, they always have been. I saw one from before 1920 on microfilm once and ads equalled (if not outnumbered articles) far before our current hyper capitalist age. Am I supposed to feel better about their presence dominating so-called “academic” – which is supposed to be somewhat objective, no? – journals being filled with ads for products to give the consumer, the newest and therefore most expensive products, obviously they must be better. Alright, I must not go for the tangent as the ads are, like the Japanese non-DTC ads (they are directed at psychiatrists, strictly) quite different from the DTC ads. This reminds me of the way both “chemical” and “Brand” names are just made up by teams of psychologists and other “experts” – come on, Abilify…Effexor… the more subtle like rispirid
(and now a rare glimpse at what my psychiatrist is really thinking about me… )
(and one for the docs! )
And now… The ritalin/prescription stimulant (Dextroamphetamine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, et al. ) files – Highly amusing and appropriately bizzare…
Stelazine: Stelazine (Trifluoperazine) is used to treat anxiety or psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.
(but “borderline personality disorder” has nothing to do with schizo… oooh, I forgot, this is a psych med, and unlike other medications, they can be used to treat almost anything. Especially antipsychotics… “adding <antipsychotic x, ex/ Abilify> to a cocktail for depression, bipolar disorder” …basically anything listed in the DSM, is very effective. Effective how?
It turns annoying patients with multiple complaints into speechless, complacent zombies? Better ask a doctor! )
(what was that about the decline of culture signalling the demise of a society? Not that pills aren’t just as remarkable as one of the classic literary works ever produced by humankind, or anything… )
Stop using trifluoperazine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs;
- tremor (uncontrolled shaking), drooling, trouble swallowing, problems with balance or walking;
- feeling restless, jittery, or agitated;
- high fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, rapid breathing;
- feeling like you might pass out;
- decreased night vision, tunnel vision, watery eyes, increased sensitivity to light;
- seizure (black-out or convulsions);
- nausea and stomach pain, skin rash, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- urinating less than usual or not at all;
- pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, fever, sore throat, flu symptoms;
- joint pain or swelling with fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, chest pain, vomiting, unusual thoughts or behavior, and patchy skin color; or
- slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting, slow breathing (breathing may stop).
Less serious side effects may include:
- dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- blurred vision, headache;
- dry mouth, stuffy nose;
- breast swelling or discharge;
- a missed menstrual period;
- weight gain, swelling in your hands or feet;
- mild itching or skin rash; or
- impotence, trouble having an orgasm.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Medications made with you in mind!
(Let me guess – Loxapine? The stuff that made me forget my name, and admit to the Vancouver Police – such that my permanent record is flagged and any complaints I make are treated as “likely just delusions” – that I have schizophrenia, one of the few DSM-IV-TR diagnoses that I haven’t ever been branded with by a doc? Of course, this statement must be read with great scrutiny… )
(Toilets: Many a psych ward’s most dangerous fixtures… )
Why Take away when You can add on instead?:
Drugs to combat the side-effects, i mean, extra-pyramidal symptoms, of psych meds, such as Parkinson’s, tardive dyskenisia, tics…you know, a harmless little twitch now and then!
(indeed, the ads that only run in medical journals… )
Psychiatry’s oldest and most reliable market population: The Deviant Woman
(Aha! The solution to our current crisis of the sisterhood: women are not bonding over pills like they did during the suffrage movement and second wave feminism… )
(I’m no narcissistic nut, I’m just undermedicated)
Last but far from least, the market population that may soon rival women in regard to psychiatric drug consumption: the child population (Fascinating how the syndromes of childhood that we imagine to be recent actually seem to merely redefine behaviours that were problematized in the past! What an interesting thesis this might make, and one that the social sciences and humanities research council of canada would likely be more than happy to fund, if it weren’t for conservative universities like, say, simon fraser university, blocking such projects. I digress! Never fear, Could ever be able to call or consider herself to be an actual sociologist <*cough* Prof h. Rimke *cough*>! Did you forget to take your meds? )
(no, this is not a joke… It’s all part of a brave new childhood that is largely going unexplored by media/researchers)
(hooked on phonics… and “o-lan-za-peen” … I certainly did not feel like playing soccer, or moving, for that matter, when I took Olanzapine. Oh well, maybe it works different for kids, I mean, no one really knows, right? )
(hm…this one helped me through grade twelve…guess it does the same for third graders… )