Jenny McKinney – clinical depression – Paxil

My name is Jenny McKinney. I am 26 and a stay-at-home mother of three boys, ages 5, 4, and 1 year.

I was diagnosed with clinical depression in August of 1995. I was suicidal and depressed when I was prescribed the anti-depressant, Paxil. My mood swings were already out of control, but worsened after taking Paxil. I was told I would not see results for at least three weeks after beginning the drug. Within three days, my sister, whom was pregnant and I roomed with at the time, said if I did not get off the drug immediately, I was to find another place to live, because she would not have that baby with me in the home.

On Paxil, my mood swings increased greatly to the point I was sugar sweet one minute and violently psychotic the next. I was always nauseated, dizzy, and blacking out. To this day I cannot remember everything that went on at that time in my life. I was only on the drug for 2 weeks and quit cold turkey without consulting my psychiatrist.

I tried to handle life without any kind of meds, but over the next few years tried many herbals, including licorice root, St. John’s Wort, and SamE.

I struggled over the next few years with my depression and anxiety, as I married and had children. I tried counseling, different herbs, and much, much prayer. There were even a couple of times when the doctors wanted to institutionalize me. In spite of all my efforts, after having children the rage really set in. I was constantly yelling at my children, then 3
years and 18 months. I knew I was out of control with my depression and anger when my second son splashed in the bathtub and I spanked his bottom, several times, extremely hard, then sat and cried for hours over doing it. I was truly fearful that I would end up seriously hurting my kids if I did not get help.

Later in the week, my boys and I went to visit family out of state. My mother-in-law introduced me to Reliv when I arrived. As soon as she heard about it, she knew it was what I needed to get better. That was all I needed to hear. I began on Reliv Classic and Innergize immediately. I was taking them two times a day. By the third day, the same sister noticed the difference in me when I had not had my product. By the end of my two-week stay, I had not yelled at my children once.

I have since then had another child, and am able to handle life wonderfully, when I am consistent in taking these products. The best part, is knowing that as long as I am taking Reliv, my children are not afraid of me anymore.

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Meridia has ruined my life.

“Why is this drug on the market without telling of its possible side effects? I wish I never took Meridia.”


I’m writing to you about Meridia ruining my life. I was on Meridia for only 6 weeks and I now have a permanent disability.

I have an unclassical case of rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease. What the doctors are saying (in a round about way) is that Meridia triggered this condition. I have severe swelling of the Rt. wrist that causes pain and the inability to use it. I’m right-handed too. I have severe pain in my shoulders, and swelling in the feet and ankles, which makes it difficult to walk or do anything. I have been in and out of the ER and have seen several doctors. I have been a guinea pig to medications and nothing seems to help the pain.

This happened to me in Feb. 2001. I have gone a year in a disabled condition and I’m feeling like giving up. I am 33 years old and I have my 57-year-old parents taking care of me and my two children 6yrs, and 2yrs. My husband is going to loose his mind. I was extremely healthy before I took Meridia. Just wanted to get 25 lbs. off after having children.

Now I’ve lost my life and every dream I ever had for me as a person and professional, and my family. I was energetic and lively, now I’m miserable and hurt for life. It’s hard to be happy, positive, and hopeful anymore. Why is this drug on the market without telling of its possible side effects? I wish I never took Meridia. I hope something is done to warn people of its possible harm.




This is Survivor Story number 44.
Total number of stories in current database is 48

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