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PAMELA Carmichael spent 30 infuriating years trying to convince doctors that various drugs including antidepressants were producing severe side-effects such as extreme agitation, sleeplessness and nausea.

It was only when her 18-year-old son, who had previously experienced seizure-like symptoms after taking metoclopramide, was hospitalised following an adverse reaction to 12.5mg prochlorperazine that she turned to the Adverse Medicines Events Line in desperation.