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Nicole Lamberson, PA

Nicole is a Physician Assistant residing in Virginia. She obtained a BS at James Madison University in 2000 and then went on to complete the Master of Physician Assistant program at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2004. She practiced in an Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine setting until severe illness from benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome left her unable to work.

In 2005, she was prescribed Xanax for “work-related stress”. Over the course of five years, she developed many classic symptoms of benzodiazepine tolerance withdrawal, which multiple psychiatrists misdiagnosed as mental illness. This resulted in prescribed polypharmacy to “treat” the troubling symptoms of tolerance, including two benzodiazepines prescribed simultaneously, a Z-drug, an antidepressant, and an antipsychotic. In late 2010, after discovering a magazine article authored by a journalist experiencing similar symptoms from his prescribed benzodiazepine, Nicole was prompted to research further and made the connection between her own troubling symptoms and the medication. This was followed by her immediate decision to withdraw. Unfortunately, lacking the proper guidance or information at the time regarding the absolute need for a slow taper, she was negligently cold-turkeyed in a detox center. This ultimately resulted in a severe and protracted withdrawal syndrome that persists to date.

When symptoms allow, Nicole writes about benzodiazepines and their potential to cause severe and/or protracted withdrawal syndromes and volunteers her time helping with ongoing benzodiazepine awareness initiatives including Benzodiazepine Information Coalition and the Benzodiazepine Action Work Group of the Colorado Consortium. Nicole also co-founded The Withdrawal Project and she does marketing, distribution and outreach for Medicating Normal-The Film. She hopes to continue to use her lived experience to advocate for more education and awareness around benzodiazepine risks and harms as well as for changes in prescribing and withdrawal practices. Other interests include the primal lifestyle.

 

Are benzodiazepines “the worst thing that’s ever happened to people”?
Nicole Lamberson blogs for Kevin MD about Arnold Knutsen's story of protracted benzodiazepine harm.  In 2003, Arnold fractured his skull ...
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Are benzodiazepines “the worst thing that’s ever happened to people”?

Why Prescribed Benzo Patients Shouldn’t Go To Detox or Rehab
Nicole Lamberson blogs for Medshadow about the problems with detoxed and rehabs  for prescribed benzodiazepine patients: This article explores five ...
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Why Prescribed Benzo Patients Shouldn’t Go To Detox or Rehab

The tip of the iatrogenic benzodiazepine iceberg
Nicole Lamberson blogs for KevinMD about the desperation within the benzodiazepine-harmed community and the medical misunderstanding about benzodiazepine-harm Life experience ...
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The tip of the iatrogenic benzodiazepine iceberg

Words can hurt those on benzodiazepines
Nicole Lamberson blogs for KevinMD about the harmful language directed at prescribed benzodiazepine survivor and why addiction language is harmful: ...
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Words can hurt those on benzodiazepines

Doctors, Patients Struggle with Benzodiazepine Use
Matt Smith's WebMD article explores the increase of prescription rates, the changing benzodiazepine guidelines. Interviewing Dr. Anna Lambke, Dr. Ryan Caldeiro ...
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Doctors, Patients Struggle with Benzodiazepine Use

Mad in America Benzo Podcast 2018
Chris Paige and Nicole Lamberson share their benzodiazepine harm experiences with James Moore for the Mad in America Podcast. Both Chris ...
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Mad in America Benzo Podcast 2018

Too Many Meds? America's Love Affair With Prescription Medication
Teresa Carr asks are we doing more harm than good in this Consumer Reports coverage about prescription medications. This piece ...
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Too Many Meds? America’s Love Affair With Prescription Medication

Surviving Xanax.. When the Doctor Becomes the Patient
Cardiologist Dr. Christy Huff and Physician Assistant Nicole Lamberson tell Psychiatrist Dr. Patricia Halliganhow they both survived Xanax and are ...
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Surviving Xanax.. When the Doctor Becomes the Patient

5-10 Benzo Calls Per Week: A Talk w/ Addiction Psychiatrist Patricia Halligan, MD
Nicole Lamberson, PA speaks with Dr. Patricia Halligan about her experiences helping patients tapering off benzodiazepines. Dr. Patricia Halligan is an Addiction ...
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5-10 Benzo Calls Per Week: A Talk w/ Addiction Psychiatrist Patricia Halligan, MD

Psychiatric Drugs: Post-Withdrawal Experiences Town Hall
Friday, May 14, join our own Nicole Lamberson, PA, along with Adele Framer, Will Hall, Dr. David Healy and James ...
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Psychiatric Drugs: Post-Withdrawal Experiences Town Hall

On Being Both A Medical Provider And A Patient Harmed By Prescribed Psychiatric Medication
The documentary Medicating Normal presents a discussion with our director, Dr. Christy Huff, along with Nicole Lamberson, PA, Dr. Mark ...
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On Being Both A Medical Provider And A Patient Harmed By Prescribed Psychiatric Medication

A Pharmacologist, A Filmmaker & An Advocate
Our very own Dr. Jim Wright and Nicole Lamberson, PA speak with Medicating Normal filmmaker Lynn Cunningham and film subject ...
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A Pharmacologist, A Filmmaker & An Advocate

One Therapist's Experience & Views on Akathisia, Trauma & Therapy
Nicole Lamberson, PA, recently interviewed Chris Paige, LCSW for the YouTube channel documentary Medicating Normal. Medicating Normal is a documentary film ...
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One Therapist’s Experience & Views on Akathisia, Trauma & Therapy

Dr. Michael Bohan: Benzodiazepines & Their Withdrawal
Dr. Michael Bohan speaks with Nicole Lamberson, PA for Medicating Normal. Both Dr. Bohan and Nicole serve on our medical ...
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Dr. Michael Bohan: Benzodiazepines & Their Withdrawal

"Medicating Normal" Post Screening Community Discussion 2020
We hosted a screening of the documentary Medicating Normal. After the documentary we held a community discussion panel focused on withdrawal harms ...
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“Medicating Normal” Post Screening Community Discussion 2020

Mad in America Benzo Podcast 2018
Chris Paige and Nicole Lamberson share their benzodiazepine harm experiences with James Moore for the Mad in America Podcast. Both Chris ...
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Mad in America Benzo Podcast 2018