WARNING: Withdrawal can often be more dangerous than continuing on a medication. Please click here before discontinuing any prescription abruptly.

Welcome to the new web site for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness!

How to use our site.

Hopefully, we have created a site that's easier to use, easier to navigate and easier to get to the information you want quickly. Our goal was to allow you to find what you want within three clicks.

Our top file tab bar allows you to easily navigate to ICFDA-related information--why we're here, who we are, other sites we feel are important for you to visit, how to join our eGroups and receive our e-mailed bulletins and access a database of previous issues. (As the date suggests at the top of our home page, we will strive to completely update our featured articles every month.)

You'll also see a scrolling warning at the top of each ICFDA page. Because withdrawal on many medicines, especially SSRI's, can often be difficult if not dangerous, we feel this warning is critical. By clicking on this, you will go to a page that offers help in learning more about safely getting off your medicines.

The menu items on the left side of each page offer specific information on many kinds of prescription drugs. By clicking here, you can learn about the adverse effects of medications, what others have experienced, what reference materials are available to you to learn more, how to report adverse reactions and all about alternative ways to treat both physical and mental conditions with safer, more natural solutions.

You can always get back to home at any time, by simply clicking on our ICFDA Pill Logo at the top left of any page.

There will be several departments on each month's home page including headline news, personal letters from myself, the ICFDA Executive Director, updates on legal actions and more. Watch for these as a way of staying current with latest news that may affect the medication you are currently taking.

Occasionally, you see a yellow "Closer Look" icon imbedded in body text. By clicking on it, you can go to more detailed information about the subject being discussed or the actual reference from which the information quoted was taken.

On the right side of the home page, a row of buttons will take you to some very important articles which have been written by the ICFDA or researchers and journalists in this area of study. If you a first-time visitor, you may want to start here for a revealing look at what we know, and don't know, about serotonergic mediations.

As always, we invite your comments and hope you will continue to share your personal stories with us. We will make every effort to post these in a timely manner to our site. We feel these personal stories are often the best way for others to learn what to expect and how to cope with the many severe side effects of today's increasingly powerful medicines. Especially those psychotropic medications which change the chemistry of your brain.

Thanks for visiting our site, and we hope you will become one of our ICFDA eGroup members.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director, ICFDA