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Everyone needs some help once in awhile, especially when you’re mentally interesting. Begging is my worst interpersonal skill1.
If you’re some
Commie Owenite who thinks everything should be free idealist tired of seeing advertisements wherever you look and would like to support Crazymeds without feeding our nascent self-aware Internet Overlord filling the coffers of this century’s robber barons supporting the new Microsoft contributing to Google, you can always buy a t-shirt or two, some mugs, stickers or other crappy merchandise, or various media we like, think will will be helpful, and even some of the books we use.2 I really don’t want to inundate Crazymeds with ads from sources other than Google’s AdSense and shitty Crazymeds-related merchandise. The way things are going I might be forced to.
your tinfoil hat is properly adjusted you wish to fuck with the NSA you prefer the immediacy and anonymity of PayPal. To donate directly via PayPal my e-mail address is jerod23 at, where else, g mail dot com. That’s:
As you may have noticed, the beg button is back.Enable Crazymeds to keep spreading our knowledge. Donate some spare e-currency you have floating around The Cloud.
Since October 2013 Crazymeds has not been making enough money to support itself, let alone me. The Google search algorithm hates me now, and the medication pages no longer show up in the top 7 results. Hell, most of them don’t even show up in the top ten any more3. With the forum’s activity, search engine traffic being what it is, increased use of ad blocking software, and most drug companies not liking my “unpredictable” 4 stance, and thus not buying ads like they used to, we’re at the equivalent of coming in fourth at the Olympics: we need a lot more traffic to get the revenue to stay on the air5, yet the site doesn’t get the traffic it needs to make enough money to pay for the minimum amount of domain hosting horsepower required to handle the traffic it does get. So it’s a fundraiser, a one-time thing (I hope) to raise enough money to pay the rent for another year on a server robust enough to handle the traffic we get. As of right now (04 March, 2014) we’ve raised close to 70% of what we need to keep Crazymeds with the Crazy Talk forum on the air.
Hell, I’ll even take the filthy lucre that is the source of all of Humanity’s problems; or cash money as they call it where I grew up. Send cash, check, money order, bearer bonds, used books, DVDs, CDs (anything I don’t want I can always exchange, sell or donate), or relatively recent medical journals6 to:
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If you want to donate a shitload of money and get something in return, you can take advantage of our insanely-overpriced exclusive Team Crazymeds merchandise. We have $275.00 shirts, $300.00 hoodies, $50.00 bumperstickers, $100.00 mugs, all with the Team Crazymeds logo.
For more information about our fucked-up financial situation, the latest progress of the fundraiser, and so forth, see the Keep Crazymeds Financially Solvent topic on the Crazy Talk forum.
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In the long run the things that will help the site the most don’t cost a dime.
I really need you to share what I’ve written. Depending on the type of device you’re using you’ll see at the top and/or bottom each page buttons to share or like it via Facebook, Google plus, and every other social media/bookmarking/whatever service there is via AddThis. It would really, really help if you flag every page you’ve found to be actually helpful and/or entertaining with a G+ and/or a Facebook share. I realize there is a hell of a lot of stigma attached to having brain cooties, and a share on Google+ and Facebook, unlike those in AA, is fairly public, whereas a like is much less so. Which is why I have both options available. If you don’t have, or don’t wish to use either one of those accounts, perhaps you can use another social bookmarking service. We have many from which to choose: Reddit, StumbleUpon, Twitter, and even the surprisingly popular LinkedIn. If you don’t see what you have, or wish to use, move your cursor over the +Share button, and down past the bookmark mail, etc. options to + More (some number), and you’ll find around 330 (as of this writing) selections from Adfty to the Max Headroom-sounding Zic Zac.
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The Internet, alas, is like high school. Popularity is everything. Well-liked pages tend to do better in the search rankings. The better it does in the search, more people will visit it. Likes, however, are merely statistics. shares are real links. Shares bring more people to site than likes do. Along the same lines links from blogs and message boards/fora. To continue the high school analogy, a share is similar to being liked by someone who is popular. The more non-spammy links7 and traffic from them, the further up the search engine results we get. I also need actual links, preferably to whatever specific page on the drug wiki8 that was the most helpful and/or amusing to you.
Liking, sharing, pinning, etc. items at Straitjacket T-Shirts - our store on CarePress will also be a tremendous help. You don’t need to buy anything. As with the wiki pages, don’t spam and, please, only share the things you actually like. I’d like to have more information than sales data to decide if I’m going to keep something around or not.
I want you to be
part of my circle jerk my friend. If you’re using a real computer, high-end mobile device or a laptop you’ll see this near the bottom of every page9:
If you’re on a real computer, a large laptop, or have really good eyesight and display the right sidebar with everything in a tiny font, you also get to see me over there →
If you have a
DoublePlusGoogle Google+ account, please add me to one of your circles. I don’t post very much stuff unrelated to Crazymeds.
Liking us via our Facebook page or following me on Google+ will get you notifications of all sorts of exciting things, like new content, impending forum software upgrades, and status reports when the site is off the air for some reason.
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Now we’re in familiar, if head-bangingly frustrating territory. Sites that are already popular, like Wikipedia, Drugs.com, WebMD, RxList, are going to rate higher because they get more traffic. Recent graduates, and those who can remember what it was like, should recognize this as: “How can you get a job without experience, and how can you get experience without a job?” The answer to that is becoming
someone’s unpaid lackey the corporate equivalent of a slave an intern and being paid in experience and maybe even college credits. On teh interwebs you can buy ads, which I may have to do, although with my budget I doubt their efficacy. Hence my reliance on word-of-email, which has served me well for nine years, but now may not be enough. What really gets something happening is reaching some tipping point with crowds10 where everyone rushes to one site, making it one of, if not the place to go for information on some topic. The flipside of crowdsourcing is the madness of crowds.
To make life easier for those who click on the beg button…
Thanks for your contribution. It won’t be wasted on anything frivolous like food, meds, or health insurance. At this point all donations are budgeted to pay for the domain server to keep us up and running for another year.
If you hit the beg button by accident, or realized it was either hypomania or the overlords of the 12 Zegnatronic Galaxies were just guilting you into donating, it’s OK. I know money is tight.
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2 Honestly - I'd rather you spent that money at your local bookstore. The commission I make from the sale of one book is often a lot less than that of a single click on an ad.
3 I really think someone at Google is intentionally fucking with me. The Effexor and Celexa pages were completely removed from the search results for close to a year. Shortly after a page makes it back to where it belongs (position 4 - 7 in the results) it drops down to 9 or lower. Then the weirdest thing of all happened: If you search for Crazy Meds Forum using the Chrome browser you get redirected to that fucking url 4 shit malware site. Yet the code in the forum software that allowed those assholes to exploit a security loophole NO LONGER EXISTS ANYWHERE ON THIS SITE! It should not be possible for that redirect to happen, but it does. When you use Chrome to search for the forum with Google.
4 Really, that is the word used to describe me when I was discussing the sale of this site a couple years back. Fearmongering they understand and can work with, because Big Pharma owns a big chunk of the supplement industry. So they can't deal with anti-quackery, vitamins-fix-everything articles that are on the same site with articles that highlight "freaky rare side effects." They don't like how I helped expose the lie that all generics are the same and the same as brand-name meds while I also give them shit for patent-extending tactics and how to tell if an Internet pharmacy promising meds from Canada or Europe is legit. I'm decidedly pro-med, but I'm against over-medicating (in spite of a five-med cocktail of my own). They can't get a read on me, and few people like such uncertainty.
5 Just think of Crazymeds as being like your local publicly-funded, non-profit, "commercial-free" broadcast TV or radio station, only I call the ads "ads" and not "sponsorship messages." And if it allows me to exchange what I make off of it for food, shelter, meds, etc.. then it's a for-profit enterprise.
6 I can really use medical journals. They need to be about psychiatric or neurological conditions and treatments, and I'd prefer ones less than 10 years old. Ask your doctor, or whoever runs or works the desk at your doctor's office, if they have any that would be otherwise thrown away.
7 Please don't post links to Crazymeds where they don't belong. It's one thing if it's in reply to a question someone asks about meds or conditions we cover in an off-topic thread on a site about exotic fish, it's something else entirely if someone goes around randomly posting links to this place on sites that have nothing to do with neurological or psychiatric conditions and treatments just because they think everyone should know about us. I already have enough trouble with ISPs sending Crazymeds e-mail - along with e-mail from a personal account that has nothing to do with Crazymeds - to the spam bucket because Crazymeds is used in bogus, redirecting links. As is my name every now and then. My name and the site name are used in SEO spam, in spoofed e-mail addresses, and so forth.
8 As much as I'd like to, I can't go into any details as to why. Let's just say that the wiki makes more money than, and essentially subsidizes the forum.
9 Including the one near here, as it's part of a template. Sorry about the redundancy.
10 Which I may have had already in 2006. While I've been building steadily upon that surge of popularity, and even recovered from the disasters in 2007, this latest adjustment in what is probably no more that normal dip in the cyclical nature of any site's traffic and income, has come at a very bad time.
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Almost all of the material on this site is by Jerod Poore and is copyright © 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Jerod Poore. Except, of course, the PI sheets - those are the property of the drug companies who developed the drugs the sheets are about - and any documents that are written by other people which may be posted to this site will remain the property of the original authors. You cannot reproduce this page or any other material on this site outside of the boundaries of fair use copying without the express permission of the copyright holder. That’s usually me, so just ask first. That means if want to print out a few pages to take to your doctor, therapist, counselor, support group, non-understanding family members or something like that - then that’s OK to just do. Go for it! Please. As long as you include this copyright notice and something along the lines of following disclaimer, I’m usually cool with it.
All rights reserved. No warranty is expressed or implied in this information. Consult one or more doctors and/or pharmacists before taking, or changing how you take any neurological and/or psychiatric medication. Your mileage may vary. What happened to us won’t necessarily happen to you. If you still have questions about a medication or condition that were not answered on any of the pages you read, please ask them on Crazy Talk: the Crazymeds Forum.
The information on Crazymeds pertains to and is intended for adults. While some information about children and adolescents is occasionally presented (e.g. US FDA approvals), pediatric-specific data such as dosages, side effects, off-label applications, etc. are rarely included in the articles on drugs or discussed on the forum. If you are looking for information regarding meds for children you’ll have to go somewhere else. Plus we are big pottymouths and talk about S-E-X a lot.
Know your sources!
Nobody on this site is a doctor, a therapist, or a pharmacist. We don’t portray them either here or on TV. Only doctors can diagnose and treat an illness. While it’s not as bad as it used to be, some doctors still get pissed off by patients who know too much about medications, so tread lightly when and where appropriate. Diagnosing yourself from a website is like defending yourself in court, you suddenly have a fool for a doctor. Don’t be a cyberchondriac, thinking you have every disease you see a website about, or that you’ll get every side effect from every medication1. Self-prescribing is as dangerous as buying meds from fraudulent online pharmacies that promise you medications without prescriptions.
All information on this site has been obtained through our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles, the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets, and from sources that are referenced throughout the site. As such the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for real medical advice from your real doctor, just a compliment to it. You should never, ever, replace what a real doctor tells you with something from a website on the Internet. The farthest you should ever take it is getting a second opinion from another real doctor. Educate yourself - always read the PI/SPC sheet or patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away. OK, you can throw away duplicate copies, but keep at least one, as that’s your proof of purchase of having taken a med in case a doctor doubts your medical history. Plus they take up less space than a bottle, although keeping one inside of a pill bottle is even better.
Crazymeds is not responsible for the content of sites we provide links to. We like them, or they’re paid advertisements, or they’re something else we think you should read to help you make an informed decision about a particular med. Sometimes they’re more than one of those things. But what’s on those sites is their business, not ours.
Crazymeds is optimized for the browser you’re not using on the platform you wish you had. Between you and me, it all looks a lot cleaner using Safari or Chrome, although more than half of the visitors to this site use either Safari or Internet Explorer, so I’m doing my best to make things look nice for IE as well. I’m using Firefox and running Windows 72. On a computer that sits on top of my desk. With a 23 inch monitor. Hey, at least you can make the text larger or smaller by clicking on the + or - buttons in the upper right hand corner. If you have Java enabled. Like 99% of the websites on the planet, Crazymeds is hosted on domain running an open source operating system with a variety of open source applications, including the software used to display what you’ve been reading. As such Crazymeds is not responsible for whatever weird shit your browser does or does not do when you read this site3.
No neurologists, psychiatrists, therapists or pharmacists were harmed in the production of this website. Use only as directed. Void where prohibited. Contains nuts. Certain restrictions may apply. All data are subject to availability. Not available on all mobile devices, in the 12 Galaxies Guiltied to a Zegnatronic Rocket Society, or in all dimensions of reality. Hail Xenu!
‘Everything is true, nothing is permitted.’ - Jerod Poore
1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.
2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.
3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas? I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion of anonymity. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.