Project information

Psychiatric adverse side-effects of medicines

Awareness that commonly used medicines and anaesthetics can cause psychiatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs) or withdrawal effects including: anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, nightmares, depression, agitation, self-harming, paranoia, psychosis, suicidal or aggressive thoughts and actions.

Until medical education includes teaching students about iatrogenic causes of illness , including psychiatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs)

Charity information: APRIL - Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link

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  • Need


    Medical students receive very little education about the recognition and treatment of adverse drug reactions (ADRs). Doctors often treat these ADRs or withdrawal effects as new or returning illness with more drugs.


    The reduction of polypharmacy is essential as the cost to quality of life and life itself is immense. Plus the cost to the NHS of the huge amount of medicine errors and deaths due to adverse effects of medicines. De-prescribing is what some doctors now aim for but sadly not many. They have too little time to hear the patient and solve problems without drugs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the high level of iatrogenic illness which is costing the NHS £millions and costing lives.


    » We write articles, speak in meetings, respond to queries from the public and use Twitter and Linked in for sharing scientific data to support our aims

    By instigating additional warnings on medicines data and awareness of the public. We receive letters that say we have saved lives!

  • Impact


    We sent anecdotal reports to the medicines regulator and they eventually reviewed the drug Dianette . The MHRA made the manufacturer increase warnings of depression and suicide risk.

    We increased the level of patient reporting, produced a poster displayed at a medical conference and will continue to do this. We have been commissioned to write for medical journals and speak at meetings by pharmacists and nurses.


    We have no risks as we are not employed by anyone and do not receive any funding from industry so have no conflict of interests.


    We will send the annual review and any other information they wish to receive on a personal level.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Admin travel to meetings
      £2,000 Admin answering letters and emails from the public
      £2,000 Admin reading the lates scientific data
      £3,000 Admin writing articles and collating informaton

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    family £5,000 Guaranteed
    donors £650 Guaranteed
  • Background


    UK and Europe mainly


    Patients and their families. Medical students,

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity as far as we know focussing on psychiatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to everyday medicines and anaesthetics.
    The founder was bereaved in 1995 when her daughter died following a series of adverse events due to the above.
    We held 3 conferences with Professors of medicine and Clinical Pharmacologists and the public We helped with research for many documentary programmes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Millie Kieve

    Founder and author

How to find information about adverse side effects with focus on Dianette


any amount you kindly donate will help us with our efforts with articles & video to create awareness

“This website has helped us by giving us a wider understanding of this drug – please keep up the good work. We appreciate your help.”
 “ I just cannot believe I was not pre-warned about these by my doctor”

What a wonderful thing you are doing. I am an osteopath. My patient has suffered severe depression, but particularly post operative paranoia.