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Prescription Drugs

Health Canada's Health Product InfoWatch provides current factual information on side effects associated with drugs, natural health products and medical devices.

Prescrire in English is a translation of a French site that provides factual information on adverse drug reactions and drug safety.

Beyond Meds — Alternatives to Psychiatry is a blog about psychiatric drug withdrawal and alternatives to medications.

The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform health care decision-making.

Pharmalot is a highly respected critical-thinking blog about the pharmaceutical industry.

Therapeutics Newsletters — evidence-based advice and information about drug therapy from a University of British Columbia agency. is a reliable, objective, evidence-based and authoritative guide to prescription drugs (subscription-based). Free consumer information on drug safety includes an excellent drug-induced diseases resource page.

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Benzo.orgthe authoritative web site for information on benzodiazepines.

The Benzo Group Support Site. This site is associated with the Yahoo Benzo Group online support group. Very comprehensive, including detailed info on water titration.

Addiction by Prescription — Joan Gadsby's website. Gadsby is a recognized authority on the responsible and informed use of benzodiazepines (tranquilizers and sleeping pills) and anti-depressants, and is the author of Addiction by Prescription. — excellent web site on benzodiazepine withdrawal and recovery.

Reconnexion (formerly TRANX) — has information for people taking benzodiazepines (tranquilizers and sleeping pills), and people who have become dependent on benzodiazepines.

Battle Against Tranquillisers — group that assists those who are addicted to benzodiazepine tranquilizers and sleeping pills, and drugs with similar effects, and who wish to withdraw from them, to do so as comfortably as possible, and to help them to make the changes necessary in life after withdrawal.

BenzoBuddies provides the information and support you need to plan and execute a successful benzodiazepine withdrawal schedule.

See also our Benzo Support listings.

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Anti-Depressants — website of Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? — Our Serotonin Nightmare.

Mad In America Resources provides information for people looking for alternatives to conventional, drug-focused care.

SSRI Stories — "This website is an index of stories, mainly criminal in nature, that have appeared in the media or that were part of FDA testimony in either 1991 or 2004, in which antidepressants are mentioned. These stories have been collected over a period of years by two directors of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness (ICFDA). They experienced firsthand the drugs' power to harm and want to save others from the fate that befell them. Their focus has been on Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors…"

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Drug Safety & Policy

Alliance for Human Research Prevention — "national network of lay people and professionals dedicated to advancing responsible and ethical medical research practices, to ensure that the human rights, dignity and welfare of human subjects are protected, and to minimize the risks associated with such endeavors."

RxISK is a free, independent drug safety website.

Data Based Medicine is a blog by Dr. David Healy about adverse drug events and the interlocked failure to discover new drugs.

Health Care Renewal is a blog addressing threats to health care's core values, especially those stemming from concentration and abuse of power.

Healthy Skepticism — Healthy Skepticism is an international non-profit organisation for health professionals and everyone with an interest in improving health. Its main aim is to improve health by reducing harm from misleading drug promotion.

Open Pharma is a movement to have all drug company payments to physicians made accessible to the public. The intent is to empower both patients and health care providers in making more informed decisions.

Pharmawatch Canada is a blog commentary by some of Canada's leading advocates and experts in drug safety and drug policy.

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Seniors at Risk is a resource for seniors and their loved ones dealing with over-medication of seniors, elder abuse in institutions, denial of legal rights to seniors and other challenging aspects of aging that seniors are facing in today's society.

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A highly sensitive woman's new perspective on mental illness — an excellent, informative blog about "agoraphobia, panic disorder, psychotropic medication" and a woman's "journey to wellness."

Anxiety-Panic History: Anxiety, Disorders and Treatments Throughout the Ages — website that gives the chronology/history of panic, anxiety and depression, including benzodiazepines, antidepressants and other psychiatric medications.

BC Coalition for Health Promotion — a diverse group working towards an enduring source of funding for health promotion activities inspired and implemented by communities in British Columbia.

Canadian Women's Health Network — sharing information, resources and strategies, and building links to improve women's health.

Journeying Back To Self is a blog about one woman's experiences of psychiatric oppression and liberation. She frames her activism around human rights and social justice.

Mad in America is a Psychology Today blog on the history, science, and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Public Library of Science: a peer-reviewed, open-access journal.

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Updated: November 15, 2016

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Information Portals

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