What Did They Prescribe George Michael?


“….Georgiou dismissed claims Michael was taking Class A drugs before his death, insisting he had ‘stopped all the naughty stuff’.

He told The Times: ‘He was on antidepressants but he wasn’t doing drugs any more. 

‘He had swapped drugs for drink but he was doing better. The craziest thing is that when we were 20, 21 he used to say he’d die young….”


As 2016 came to a close, the death of singer George Michael made headline news across the world. Post-mortem results have been- thus far- inconclusive. However similar to the other celebrity deaths in recent times, it seems a lot of these cases usually involve multiple uses of prescriptions drugs over long periods of time – something termed- Polypharmacy.

George Michael’s erratic behavior has been well documented over the years, as has his experiences of depression, and anti-depressants too…

“…Chawla said the singer – who had used prescription medication to deal with his anxiety, depression and insomnia over a long period – had attempted to wean himself off drugs in March this year. He had some success, but later found “the feelings of anxiety and insomnia appeared to have redoubled”…”

He told police after his arrest:

“I’m so ashamed of it. It is so ridiculously dangerous and that is why I have stayed away from them [the antidepressants], even though I still have insomnia and I had some anxiety.” He had only started taking the drug recently, he said, adding: “They are a recent thing, and it’s taken me a whole week to fuck up again.”

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2010/sep/14/george-michael-sentenced-jail-drug-crash

“…He went on a diet of Prozac and cannabis. The Prozac made his head even worse, he says. “At first you’re flying about, snapping at people one minute, really happy the next, and I made some disastrous business decisions,” he said….

http://brosiacom.blogspot.ie/2005/12/george-michaels-depression-story.html

The Press and the public, still largely seem to think, that just because medication for depression is available for prescription that it must be safe. The fact that anti-depressants legally prescribed (by a doctor) gives these drugs an aura of legitimacy which illegal drugs don’t have.

However, often prescribed drugs (such as SSRI- anti-depressants, Benzos, etc) can induce horrific side effects and withdrawal symptoms, and they can also be just  as dangerous as any illegal drugs (if not more so- in some instances).

The polypharmacy induced deaths and shortened life-spans of celebrities highlights the generally dangerous and irresponsible prescribing habits of many doctors. Of course medication induced deaths, injury, disability and shortened lifespans/quality of life etc – has been happening to the general public, as well, for decades.

Robert Whitakers ‘Anatomy of an epidemic’ is essential reading in this regard.

In Whitakers award winning book- he describes how psychiatric patients’ lives are considerably blighted by the drugs they are prescribed…

It will be interesting to see what they have been prescribing George Michael all these years..

Unfortunately it’s likely his death is linked to the polypharmacy prescribing habits of many celebrity doctors nowadays..

Heath ledger

Amy Winehouse

Prince

Carrie Fisher

And the rest…

All had very poor health ‘care’ outcomes and treatment (in particular from the psychiatric profession)

Even though they were very wealthy and had access to the best orthodox ‘medicine’ , their deaths are still linked to the drugs they were prescribed…

Perhaps ‘orthodox’ medicine has been poisoning us all for far too long?

RIP George..

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12 comments

  1. Nick

    And cannabis and/or alcohol is not a good mix with Anti Depressants…

    What is the point of taking antidepressants if you are going to take a depressant(alcohol).

    If a doctor is aware that a patient is drinking alcohol or using drugs, they should not prescribe antidepressants until they stop. Its a dangerous mix and ive experienced this dangerous mix having had a few weekends of binge drinking on holiday.

  2. Nick

    Well someone who I know who have a alcohol problem are prescribed Citalopram and there doctor is very much aware of there daily drinking.

    Thats what I was refering to. But I do agree with what youre saying, they can’t minitor patients 24 hours a day. Well they probably could if they were inpatients.

    I’ve always said these medications are more suitable if the patients were made inpatients for a while so they can monitor how the medication is working as well as behaviour.

    One thing for sure which I wanted to let you know is, I am on Venlafaxine since July 2016. If I miss one dose, it makes me very sick, if I miss 3 days I end up in A&E. I never had that with Seroxat. Withdrawal of Venlafaxine is much worse than any other in my experience however the reason why I continue taking it is because it is very effective and my behaviour has massively improved. After taking Venlafaxine, it makes me feel so relaxed and good as if I’ve taken Valium.

    Because of this, I may never get off it and as much as I appreciate the effectiveness, I am seriously scared of missing a dose or withdrawing from it, at the back of my mind, I am in fear of what long term effect this drug will have on my body. My mum was also on Venlafaxine and she had a drink problem as well as liver issue caused by something else and died at 49, I really don’t want to follow her footsteps.

    • truthman30

      I understand where you’re coming from. For you Venlafaxine is worse than Seroxat, but for me Seroxat was really bad- we are all different. You need to ask yourself- why do you think a psycho-tropic chemical drug will improve your behavior? You say it makes you feel relaxed and as good as valium. These drugs are designed to drug your problems away- whether that’s through numbing, emotional blunting, or sedation- however you can achieved relaxed states without drugs… yoga, massage, meditation etc… the long term effects of these drugs are well known- they are not good…

      • Nick

        I agree with that however I have ended up being in a serious state to where I cannot cope alone and at one point I had no choice in the matter, accept home treatment or 2 weeks as an inpatient with the medication or be sectioned with the medication.

        I have been on them on and off since I was 14/15 I am now 27.

        So you see I am terrified. I do alternative treatments and I do try to keep occupied but it just creeps up on me for no reasons at all and i’ve made a lot of progress on the medications with the exceptions of Sertraline and Citalopram.

        Only Paroxetine and Venlafaxine have been effective, I was on an antipsychotic,Olanzapine. To be honest I stopped the Olanzapine because it impaired my cognitive function at work and also stopped because of the weight gain, I switched away from Paroxetine because of rapid weight gain.

        However, I was not told that Venlafaxine is much more troublesome to get off compared to other antidepressants and only recently a locum doctor told me they are listed as the worst for withdrawal symptoms and told me I would need a lot of help if I was to ever get off them and I am likely to be on them for life.

        That alone has made me feel even more worthless and frustrated with myself.

      • truthman30

        I am sorry to hear of your experiences with Venlafaxine, I have heard it is extremely tough to come off- have you thought about confronting your prescriber? (doctor or psych- I am not sure).

  3. Nick

    Yes, I have and they said its symptom of depression coming back and were worried that it maybe psychosis so they upped the dose to 225mg from 150mg. So much for opening my big mouth.

    I also asked today if I can go back onto Seroxat and it was a no from the GP, and they have now contacted the mental health team as now they are worried.

    So i’ve put my foot in it!

    • truthman30

      Hi Nick,

      Do you think you have psychosis? or do you think it is psychiatric drug withdrawal? Why are you relying on the mental health team (which I presume includes a psychiatrist?) to diagnose you and tell you what you are experiencing? You need to have faith in your own decisions about your own state of being- psychiatrists are always waiting to diagnose some kind of disorder out of the human condition. Be careful in that system Nick, they are very misguided in how they deal with the human condition and people in distress..

  4. Nick

    How it got to that stage was because I went into a phase of self neglect, I was on a totally different planet, hearing voices and having numerous panic attacks everyday.

    If I dont co-operate with them, they threaten me with sectioning and I have a job to keep!

    • truthman30

      yes but the fact that you are saying they are ‘threatening’ you with sectioning- do you not think that the kind of ‘care’ that psychiatry provides is a little sinister? Were you on Seroxat or Effexor when you went through your stage of ‘self-neglect’?

  5. Nick

    Venlafaxine after they switched me from Seroxat and I noticed it was worse when they kept screwing up the prescriptions and some days ran out or took it at different times. They also put me on Olanzapine which made me feel like a vegetable and had to stop taking it because it was interfering with work.

    Effexor is the slow release Venlafaxine and is NOT available on the NHS.

    Generic versions and Viepax branded instant release Venlafaxine is only available, if I miss a dose, the withdrawal symptoms kick in very fast, some hot sweaty days over the summer, I noticed withdrawal symptoms 3 or 4 hours after taking it.

    I don’t understand the purpose of the instant release ones as they are far too potent and think the slow release would be more tolerable as well as withdrawal.

    The psychiatrist told me to ignore the instruction to take the 3rd dose at night and to take 2 x 75mg in the morning and 1 x 75mg in the afternoon because they can interfere with sleep. Seriously what is the point of this??? The cost of supply 225mg one months supply out of 75mg tablets works out the same as Effexor’s extended release.

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