“Paxil should be yanked from the market immediately.”
In July of last year, I was coerced by my therapist to try a low dose of Paxil for depression caused by chronic pain. I was feeling pretty overwhelmed by the injuries I had suffered in an automobile accident 4 years earlier and the fight with my insurance company was turning into a nightmare of gigantic proportions. My therapist convinced me that Paxil was the answer.
I started out on 5 mgs and worked my way up to 10 mgs within three weeks. After one week on 10 mgs, I became suicidal and completely out of control and wound up in a 72-hour lockdown at the local State psychiatric hospital. Instead of taking me off Paxil, they increased the dose and continued to increase the dose at regular intervals until I felt completely brain dead. When I hit 40 mgs a day, I was nothing but a zombie going through the motions of life.
They didn’t seem concerned and even suggested once again that I should up the dose. Unbeknownst to my doctors, I began to slowly wean myself off the drug. That is when my real nightmare began. I felt as if I was in a mental straitjacket — then the head spins, nausea, dizziness, visual lag, and blackouts began. My doctor told me these were caused by depression not the drug. Thank God I didn’t believe her and continued to withdraw slowly.
It took me 8 weeks to finally get off Paxil, but it is now 8 months later and I still have terrible side effects, some of which I am afraid are going to be permanent. My memory is shot, my cognitive and organizational skills are hampered, I feel as if I have had a chemical lobotomy — which I am now finding out is just what this drug does.
The propaganda issued by SmithKline Beecham about this drug in no way indicates how serious the side effects are or how devastating the withdrawal can be. Paxil is the drug they want to use in “cosmetic psychopharmacology” — they want to put everyone on it because it makes you compliant, sociable and open to suggestion. Welcome the New World Order.
I believe that Paxil should be yanked from the market immediately. I have never met anyone who had a good experience with this drug and my experience is one that I will never forget. I have filed an Adverse Reaction Report with the FDA and SmithKline and I have no ruled out a product liability suit. There is nothing innocuous about this drug and everyone should be warned.
Years 2000 and Prior
This is Survivor Story number 89.
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