An organization actively addressing the issues concerning access and quality of care for patients with cancer. It has a network of over 140 volunteer lawyers to help patients deal with insurance, employment and other issues associated with medical care for cancer patients.
PAF stated mission is to serve as an active liaison between the patient and [his/her] insurer, employer, and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job discrimination, and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers and attorneys. PAF seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.
Families USA is an organization dedicated to the achieving high quality, affordable health and long-term care for all Americans. It works on the national, state and community levels as the voice for health care for consumers.
RxAssist provides health care providers with information on accessing more than 100 pharmaceutical manufacturersπ patient assistance programs. These programs usually offer a limited supply of free prescription medication to eligible patients.
American Pain Foundation has a searchable database on its website under Finding Help.
Phone: 888–615-PAIN or 1-888-615-7246
American Academy of Pain Management has a searchable database of medical facilities that have passed the American Academy of Pain Management’s Pain Program Accreditation testing and on-site inspection.
Pain.com has a searchable list of pain specialists and pain clinics all over the globe. Each of the specialists and/or clinics is listed in postal code order with the complete mailing address.
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO)
The introduction of the JCAHO standards on pain management was the result of a two-year collaborative effort between the Joint Commission and the University of Wisconsin Medical School. The standards set requirements for the assessment and management of pain in accredited hospitals and other health care settings.
APF is an independent, nonprofit information, education and advocacy organization serving people with pain. For complete statement of your rights for pain care, visit the APF website and click on Pain Care Bill of Rights.
Every now and then folks ask me to list the list of meds that can and do cause drug-induced movement disorders. This is to educate you, if you are concerned about the side effects of a drug you are currently taking, speak up, talk with your doctor. If you are starting a new one, you will be the only one to investigate it. Arm yourself with knowledge. Be an informed consumer. Listen to that little voice in your head, and be in tune with your body.
Remember, this is YOUR body. You have the right to ask questions and ultimately decide if a med is right for you. Please know that this list is limited and does NOT include all of them…for eg. Risperdal is not on it, but it does cause it. If I can help in any way with questions about this list or my other post, ask away.
*By the way, it does not take extended lengths of time taking these medications in order to experience acute dystonic reactions…for lots of folks, ONE pill is all it takes!
This drug list page is intended to provide information only! We do not advocate any particular treatment option. Therefore, it is strongly urged that patients do not change their method of treatment without first consulting with their physician.
INFORMATION ON DRUGS THAT CAN AND DO CAUSE DYSTONIA
“Some drugs in the neuroleptic category (psychiatric drugs) may cause acute dystonic reactions: thorazine, Haldol, etc. Ten to twenty percent of patients experience acute dystonic symptoms at the initiation on treatment. Some drugs that are used for nausea and gastrointestinal problems are also neuroleptic so they can cause the same problems – drugs like Reglan and Stematil. These can induce acute dystonia. All of these drugs, when they’re used over long term, carry a 20 to 30 % risk of long-term abnormal movements called tardive dyskinesia, and some people with tardive dyskinesia get a form of dystonia, called tardive dystonia. It’s an extremely difficult problem to treat.”
“Alcohol is a recognized precipitant of paroxysmal dystonia, which is a very uncommon form. On the whole, alcohol in moderation does not have an adverse effect. There is an alcohol-responsive myoclonic dystonia, which responds very well to alcohol. People who chronically abuse alcohol can get a series of involuntary movements-tremors, Parkinsonism, and tardive dyskinesia. So chronic heavy alcohol intake is still not being recommended.”
Drug Induced Dystonic Reactions:
Certain drugs have been implicated as causing dystonic reactions or dystonia. These agents are not routinely the cause of SD, but can potentiate or aggravate the preexisting disorder. The following is a listing of the drugs which have been reported OR have the potential to cause dystonic reactions. Whenever possible, dystonia patients should avoid the following agents, except at the recommendation of a physician knowledgeable in the treatment of dystonia.
antihistamine (Increases the
effect of other pain medications)
Dopamine antagonists which are generally used to treat psychotic disorders and have been reported to make dystonia worse, should be used with caution. They include phenothiazine, haloperidol, tetrabenazine and pimozide. These drugs are usually avoided in the treatment of one with dystonia due to the potential to worsen dystonia. But in some cases they may be useful. It is important that the doctor prescribing these types of drugs be familiar with dystonia.
More information on drugs that can and do cause dystonia: www.wemove.org
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If you would like more information about tardive syndromes and the drugs that cause them, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at tardivedystonia.org Remember, you could be the one to save another from a life-long painful disorder. Please educate, then pass it along. Thanks so much!
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