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Pauline Dinkelberg

Pauline Dinkelberg, Chairperson of teh Association Tapering Medication; spokesperson World Tapering Day.

My name is Pauline Dinkelberg and I am happy to introduce myself as chairperson of Association Tapering Medication.

Eight years ago I became aware of the big, but hidden, problems with stopping psychoactive medication, like antidepressants, benzodiazepines etc.


When I tried to stop Remeron (mirtazapine) I experienced first hand that pharmaceutical companies fail  to produce lower dosages with which I was able to reduce my dose in a safe and secure manner.

It is shocking that psychiatrists did not and do not demand low dosage meds to prevent withdrawal symptoms, in order to provide good care for their patients.

Every day I see that this negligence causes psychical, psychological and moral injury. In the Netherlands the Association tries to fill the knowledge gap of doctors, pharmacists and nurses.

Raising the awareness among patients about the risks of stopping cold turkey or reducing psychoactive medication too quickly is another important goal of the Association.

The Association works every day to convince government, institutions and professional associations of doctors and pharmacists of the importance of safe tapering.

World Tapering Day is a meaningful landmark on the way to better prospects for people who want to stop their psychoactive medication and we are glad to contribute to that.

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