In this section, I will talk about the effects of stuttering medications on your health. There are two primary reasons why I do not want you to turn to conventional medicines for help with your stuttering. The first and the main reason is that all stuttering medications have many side effects. Our conventional medicines will slowly destroy your health. This is something that you will not be able to get back. Let's look at some of these side effects that are very common. In another words, they are sure to occur at an onset of treatment. These side effects are as follow: weight gain; constipation; dryness of mouth; blurred vision; headache; nausea or vomiting; decreased sexual ability; increased sensitivity of skin to sun (skin rash, itching, severe sunburn, and/or discoloration of skin); drowsiness. Based on my extensive experimentation with almost all conventional medications, I can say with certainty that you will experience some or all of them within the first two weeks of your treatment. Please note that I will discuss how my Natural Therapy for Stuttering program does not produce any side effects mentioned here later.
The following side effects of medications for stuttering are more than likely to occur as your treatment progresses: difficult breathing, unusual tiredness or weakness, severe muscle stiffness, loss of bladder control, fever, and/or irregular heart beat.
When are you likely to experience those side effects? Typically, if you will continue to use your stuttering medications for two or three months, you will experience them. Are you ready for more serious side effects of these drugs? Here, they are...convulsions (seizures); high fever; high or low blood pressure; unusually pale skin; confusion; uncontrolled twisting movements of neck, trunk, arms, or legs; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual facial expressions or body positions; trembling of fingers and hands; uncontrolled movements of the mouth, tongue, and jaw and many more. It will take you two, three, or four months to experience at least some of them. When the psychiatrist was asked about what will happen to a person after using these medications for a long time, he could even tell. You see all pharmaceutical manufacturers only conduct their trial studies of medications for a limited period of time. There is no scientific data that will tell you what illnesses you will acquire three or four years from taking these stuttering medications for a long period of time.
By the way, many people asked me if the drugs actually worked for me. I will tell you they did. No matter which drugs or medications I used, however, I noticed serious side effects sooner or later. I used Zoloft for a significant period of time. I felt like a zombie most of time. I used Paxil as well. It had a similar action on me. I got my hands on Xanax. I almost became addicted to it. This drug has a very calming effect on a person. Nevertheless, it is a highly addictive medication. I also used Propranolol. I constantly had an upset stomach and began to gain weight because it had an effect on my water retention. I gained about eighteen pounds that I had big problems losing later. Bear in mind, I did not start eating more food or exercising less time. I only stayed with this medicine for several months because I did not want to get stuck in the door.
During the middle of my experiments with various medications for stuttering, I used Buspar and Elavil with some success. Both medicines significantly improved my moods. Needless to say, I have been depressed all my life. I did not think they had too much impact on my speech disorder. They relieved my anxiety to a certain degree. Since I did not notice any positive effect, I discontinued using them. Later, I convinced my doctor to put me on Cloimipramine and Klonopin. I could not eat anything because I had an upset stomach all the time. My experiments with these two medicines lasted only two weeks. I could not tolerate this side effect any longer. After a short break, it was time to try other medications. I got my hands on Celexa. I kept improving fast. However, nasty side effects reappeared again. I got scared and stopped using it.
There are also some medications that can be used to reduce stuttering. One "scary" medication is called Zyprexa. In one study, this medicine reduced stuttering by almost 33%. Why don't many stutterers use it? Side effects are extremely scary. Originally, it was meant to treat psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia. However, if a person without a severe psychiatric condition will use this drug, then it will produce schizophrenia-like symptoms. Hallucination is a common side effect. In addition, it has been known to damage permanently one's temporal lobe. Thus, using this medicine was out of question for many people who stutter.
I decided not to try Zyprexa even though I eventually got my hands on this drug as well. I did not want to end up without a brain.
Risperdal and Haldol were the other stuttering medications that some people tried. Haldol was tried in two clinical trials with positive results in terms of stuttering reduction. However, almost all people who tried those medicines could not stay with them because they could not tolerate their side effects. Thus, they stopped using them even before realizing their potential benefits. I personally tried both of those medicines for one week. They both caused me to have a severe headache and dizziness. After a few days, I began to experience a very severe stomach cramping. I suppose it was my body's way of telling me to get rid of those chemicals or suffer severe consequences. Right away, I had to stop using them.
While I am discussing Risperdal, I have to mention that FDA only approved it for a short-term usage. It means it should not be used for more than a few weeks. This stuttering medication is currently only approved for the treatment of schizophrenia. It has been found that it increases the level of prolactin. It is a hormone that is responsible for breast growth in both males and females. What is even more important to know about Risperdal is that it can cause serious illnesses, such as cancers. These illnesses can be fatal.
One question pops up in my mind. Would you want to use the drug that causes fatal illnesses? I already know the answer. Whenever I plan to use some medication, I always go to the list of side effects. In most cases, this list will be very extensive. If I see some dangerous things on that list, I will always evaluate if I should be using that drug at all. I know stuttering is a horrible condition. However, getting a fatal cancer is obviously much worse that going through life with this problem. If you think you will be one of lucky people who will not get this cancer, think again. Walk into your local hospital and check it out for yourself. You will many people who once thought they were lucky too. Unfortunately, their luck ran out. Please never think that bad stuff will pass you by. It never does.
There is one thing I forgot to mention about these "stuttering medications." It is the fact that these drugs can cause one to be obese. There are people who managed to gain anywhere from 25 pounds to 60 pounds just being on one of those drugs for several months. Have you ever seen psychiatric patients who were obese for no apparent reason? I think you understand what I am talking about. If you have problems already with your weight, these drugs are definitely not for you.
There are some other drugs that most doctors will not prescribe. Why not? The main reason is because these drugs are highly addictive. One of these medications is called Xanax. I will tell you that I hated the effect of this medicine. Stuttering did not decrease. However, my anxiety was "killed" for a few hours. This medication is a relatively short-acting one. It has the effect of alcohol without its smell. However, drinking alcohol is much safer than using Xanax. People can drink alcohol moderately for many years without developing any addiction. You cannot say the same thing about Xanax. You can develop a strong addiction within weeks.
You will also build up tolerance to this drug fast. It means the dose has to be increased over time to get the same effect you had the first time you used it. For instance, I started out with just one pill. Within the next few weeks, one pill did not do anything for me. Before I knew it, I was using two and three pills to get the same effect I had when I used only one pill. No wonder pharmaceutical companies make so much money. It took me only one month to run out of pills. Luckily, I did not develop any addiction to it. However, I need to mention side effects for you to be aware of what one drug can do to one's health. Some side effects of Xanax are simply scary. Xanax seems to kill the nerves over time. It can destroy your short-term memory too. Upset stomach and nausea are side effects I experienced personally. I would prefer to use any alcoholic beverage over Xanax.
One other medication I wanted to mention briefly is Lorazepam. This medication is currently being prescribed for insomnia and anxiety. It is also highly addictive. As I know, most doctors recommend it to use only on a limited time basis. I used it a few times. Although my speech was somewhat better, I began to get anxiety attacks the next day. I would assume these anxiety attacks were my withdrawal symptoms. Also, if someone takes this medication before they go to sleep, they often have a slurred speech and anger problems the next morning. I experienced all these side effects myself.
Towards the end of my tries with short-acting medications, I got my hands on Klonopin. I heard it was also used for epilepsy. Now, some research shows there are some common characteristics between epilepsy and stuttering. In another words, medications for epilepsy can be used with varying effect for stuttering as well. I did read something about Klonopin before. I knew it was a short-acting medication that usually lasts up to four hours. It had nasty side effects. Addiction was one of those side effects. I started and stayed with 0.5 mg for one week before I discontinued using it. I did not notice any effect on my stuttering. The level of my anxiety decreased for two hours while I was on it. However, I had horrible panic attacks after Klonopin. Basically, I would get so anxious I wanted to hide and stay home all the time. Eventually, I began to develop social anxiety. Ironically, this drug that was suppose to give me an anxiety-reducing benefit had given me horrible panic attacks. Of course, I got so scared of its side effects that I no longer desired to take it. I did not want to hide inside my house all day long.
I also tried nootropic medications to see if they will help me with my stuttering. Typically, nootropics improve memory and concentration. Many students try to use them when they have to study for exams. Piracetam is a well-researched nootropic drug. Some people have to use it for about three weeks to experience any positive effect of this drug. My experience with Piracetam has been cut short. I used it only for three days. I used the lowest possible dose I could use (800 mg). This drug raised my blood pressure so much that I could not continue. My blood pressure stayed dangerously high for some time. I could not lower it myself. I had to resort to using my high blood pressure medications. Needless to say, I did not experience any positive effects from Piracetam. There were only negative side effects from this medication.
Right after trying nootropic medications, I came across reading some books about Ayurvedic Medicine. It is an ancient form of medicine that took origin in India. I did read some Indian herbs could be helpful in treating my speech condition. I went online and bought Gota Kola and Bacopa. I used Gota Kola for several months. I did not get any benefits from it. I only had stomach cramps and constant diarrhea. Once I could not handle side effects from using Gota Kola, I decided to make a switch to Bacopa. I was surprised to find this herb completely relaxed me the first day when I started to use it. It had an indirect effect on my speech. However, this effect quickly disappeared. I could not experience the same level of relaxation anymore. In terms of its action, Bacopa can be compared to Valerian Root. Yes, there is some relaxation. However, it is not enough to sustain any substantial fluency. Eventually, I was really disappointed with Ayurvedic Medicine. In effect, I did a lot of research and experimentation. I have to conclude if the sufferer will use Indian herbs for a long time, they will take a toll on his body. Often, the damage to liver and kidneys will take place sooner or later.
Shilajit was also tried by me. Indian herbalists believe it can strengthen the speech mechanism. It absolutely did nothing for me. Shilajit only decreased my level of anxiety temporarily. After using it for about one month, the anxiety level returned to how it was before. It gave me stomach cramps and made me severely depressed. My blood pressure went up significantly. Before using it, I had 135/91. After using Shilajit for several weeks, it went up to 150/100. I began to feel bad constantly. I had to stop using it too. Motherwort was another interesting herb I tried. It helped to lessen my anxiety significantly while I was using it. Once I stopped, the effect was gone. Again, there was no result in terms of stuttering reduction. By the way, Valerian and Passionflower had a similar action on me. All these herbs could possibly decrease your nervousness temporarily. Nevertheless, they have no effect on stuttering. Side effects are still there if one will continuously use them.
There are several so-called dietary supplements that I personally oppose using. There are either derivatives or precursors of some substances that can be found naturally in the body. I found them to be just as toxic as conventional drugs when they are being used as dietary supplements. I tried Acetyl-L-Carnitine, DMAE, and 5-HTP. 5-HTP was totally useless. I got only horrible headaches from this supplement. DMAE gave me stomach cramps and vomiting. Acetyl-L-Carnitine mad me very irritable. I stopped enjoying life. Their effect on speech was either minimal or none. As I said, however, they were not short on side effects. I truly believe these so-called supplements are nothing more than conventional drugs with even less benefits. You will know what I am talking about when you read the content of their bottles. You will see many chemicals have been added to them. On the top, adding these so-called supplements in large quantities can definitely do more damage than good. I did read in several popular publications that they caused several diseases, such as syndrome X.
As you can understand from this discussion, there was not even one medicine I had tried without any side effect. With time, side effects tend to "grow" in strength and become more bothersome. They do destroy one's health. You see you body is not a factory for processing medications. Also, please understand I am not against our conventional medicines. I believe under some circumstances, using pharmaceuticals might be necessary. However, a person should always be open-minded to explore alternatives.
The second reason why you should not take any medication to treat your stuttering is because every medicine is extremely expensive. I always said you need to be wealthy in our society to use our conventional medicines or you need to have a great medical insurance. However, medical insurances will not cover any drug treatment for this condition. Thus, you are to bear all expenses, and there will be plenty of those if you decide to take this route. For instance, when I was taking Zoloft, I had to pay $ 200-250 (USD) each week to continue my routine. As I said earlier, many people will need to combine two or three medications in order to achieve a satisfactory level of fluency. If this will be your case, then you are probably looking at spending approximately $300-350 each week just to use this combination. Oh, I almost forgot. The doctor needs to eat too. You will be visiting your psychiatrist or your family doctor once per three weeks to extend your prescription and to be reevaluated again. This additional expense will come out to be $50-75 per three weeks.Listen, you are NOT LIKELY to stay with these medications anyway if you have such high expenses from purchasing them.
When I used stuttering medications, I always thought of discontinuing them. I do not know how some people manage to take conventional drugs for a long time. I felt depressed when I was on them. They were only "masking" the symptoms of stuttering without necessarily solving the problem. However, using stuttering drugs is one of two main ways of dealing with this disorder successfully. I do believe that not many people can use them for long. These people either cannot afford them or they simply cannot stand many side effects associated with them.
People who have a stammering problem often choose to avoid many speech situations because they don’t want to feel embarrassed in front of others. It is certain that this can give them relief for the time being, but not for a longer period of time. Moreover, if you can’t talk with people fluently, you will never be able to have a satisfying life. Speech disorder can have a profound effect on your career, relationships, and your life in general. Stuttering medications are probably the best way to deal with this problem and most people vouch for it too, but what about side effects that these kinds of medications can have on you?
You may not know this fact or your doctor may choose not to discuss it openly to you, but when you start to use stuttering drugs, you can experience various side effects that have been already discussed by me. After using it for a long time, the severity of these side effects will “grow” as well. New and previously unknown illnesses can onset. The worst part of it is that many stuttering medications are only being tested for a limited period of time. There is no way for you to know their effect on you in a few years. In another words, your future is not known.
If you really want to cure your problem, then you should go for natural therapies. After several years of research, I have developed a natural therapy that can help you to get rid of this problem without any side effects. I have tried it personally before offering it to others earlier I also used to face the same problem since I was 5 years old. This natural therapy can help you to get rid of this problem that has not been resolved for a long period of time. Try the product and experience the difference that can help you to live a more satisfying and happy life.
At this point of this discussion, you may be asking me if there are any alternative treatments that do not have my previously mentioned side effects of conventional stuttering medications and still can treat stuttering problem effectively. The answer to your question is YES. There are many so-called natural stuttering medications that can be used for stuttering. Homeopathic medicines and flower essences are just to name a few.
Stuttering Medications or Natural Therapy – What to Opt For?
Often people who are having the problem of stammering choose to avoid the speech situations so that they don’t feel embarrassed in front of others. It is certain that this can give them relief for the time being but not for a longer period of time. Moreover, if you can’t talk to the people, then you will not able to express yourself properly. This can have grave effects in your career, relationship and as a whole in your life. The Stuttering medications are probably the best way to oust this problem from your life and most of the people vouch for it too, but what about other side effects that these kinds of medications can bring into your life?
You may not know the fact or your doctor may choose not to disclose the same to you but it is a fact that at the beginning of using stuttering drugs, you can experience various side effects like weight gain, nausea or vomiting, constipation, blurred vision, dryness of mouth, headache, and decreased sexual ability. After using it for a long time, you can face problems like convulsions, high fever, confusion, high or low blood pressure, unusually pale skin, uncontrolled twisting movements of neck etc. The worst part is that this list is not an exhaustive one; rather there can be more of it as the medical companies only test these stuttering medications for a shorter term. Thus they also don’t know what lies in the future for the patients who use these drugs to get relief from the stammering problems.
If you really want to cure this problem of yours, then you should go for the natural therapies. After several years of research, I have developed a natural therapy that can help you to get rid of this problem without any side effects. Don’t worry! I myself have tried it personally before offering it to others as earlier I also used to face the same problem since I was 5 years old. This path-breaking therapy can help you get the problem resolved for a longer period of time and that too in peanut prices. Try the product and experience the difference and lead your life more confidently.