Shocks and Suicidal Thoughts on Paxil

“Finally! I am not the only person who had these symptoms!”


I read in today’s Register Guard (Eugene, OR) a small bit about “Suit says drug maker hid evidence.” The line that struck me was “suffered symptoms ranging from electric like shocks to suicidal thoughts after discontinuing use of the drug.”

Finally! I am not the only person who had these symptoms! When I tried to go off Paxil, I had these symptoms, plus uncontrollable crying. I told my doctor what I was experiencing (a psychiatrist at Kaiser), and he told me not to discontinue the drug. He said I was one of those people who would need to take an antidepressant for the rest of my life. He did not understand the symptoms I was having, nor my desire to get off the drug. On the drug, I have never felt like “me.” I am disconnected and tired most of the time. I also told my general physician about the symptoms, and she did not understand them at all.

The advice from both was to stay on the drug. I have not attempted to discontinue the Paxil since then, and have been on it now for 6 years. I plan to order the tape about withdrawal. For the first time in years, I think I may be able to get off this drug. And I now know I am not “crazy” for having these symptoms.

Thank you.



This is Survivor Story number 23.
Total number of stories in current database is 34

Posted in Breaking News - Our Most Recent Serotonin Nightmares., SSRI Survivor Stories and tagged , , , , , , .

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
(DrugAwareness.Org & SSRIstories.Net)
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

She has specialized since 1990 in adverse reactions to serotonergic medications (such as Prozac, Sarafem, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Serzone, Remeron, Anafranil, Fen-Phen, Redux and Meridia as well as the new atypical antipsychotics Zyprexa, Geodon, Seroquel and Abilify), as well as pain killers, and has testified before the FDA and congressional subcommittee members on antidepressants.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan. You can even get a whole month of access to the withdrawal CD with tips on rebuilding after the meds, all six of my DVDs, hundreds of radio interviews, lectures, TV interviews I have done over the years PLUS my book on antidepressants with more information than you will find anywhere else for only $30 membership for a month (that is only $5 more than the book alone would cost) at (Definitely the best option to save outrageous postage charges for those out of the country!)

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