The current VA protocol for the treatment of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) is the use of psychotropic drugs such as,…
Xanax (alprazolam), 48.5 million. Zoloft (sertraline), 41.4 million. Celexa (citalopram), 39.4 million.
Prozac (fluoxetine), 28.3 million. Ativan (lorazepam), 27.9 million. Desyrel (trazodone HCL), 26.2 million. Lexapro (escitalopram), 24.9 million. Cymbalta (duloxetine), 18.6 million. Wellbutrin XL (bupropion HCL XL), 16.1 million. Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCL ER), 15.8 million.
The above are the Most Frequently Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs as noted by the millions of prescriptions per year.
These drugs have a high potential to permanently damage the liver, kidneys, thyroid and the heart of the Veterans. Quality of life and longevity is compromised for the Veterans due to physical and permanent damage done to these organs.
Many of these drugs have “Black Box” warnings of suicide ideation which is leading to the 22 to 30 Veterans dying by suicide daily.
TBI is a physical injury of the brain. Why would doctors use psychotropic drugs for the treatment of that physical injury?
Treating a TBI with psychotropic drugs makes as much sense as treating a broken leg with the same drugs. Both are physical injuries and there is no positive efficacy for either injury by using drugs.
There are NO double-blind studies to prove the efficacy of psychotropic drugs for the treatment of TBI. Which means all 50 psychotropic drugs used are “off label” for TBI treatment and that means the FDA has NOT approved these drugs for the treatment of this condition.
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