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Monday, May 19, 2008

Seroxat Withdrawal Reports Part III

The following comments are taken from the current online Paxil Petition, which has been signed by no less than 9,951 people.

Sundee Bickler - Was pulled off paxil cold turkey by my family doctor..had very sever symptoms - Snohomish

Nadine Dolan - I experienced severe withdrawal problems. - USA

Melissa Jacob - I am suffering from nightsweats, electric-shock sensations, suicidal feelings, and extreme mood swings after stopping cold turkey. I had been on 20mg of Paxil for only 6 weeks. - USA

Cynthia J. Dunderman - Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle - I went through hell withdrawing from Paxil. I don't believe my life will ever be the same. - United States of America

Michelle Ballard - I have tried to discontinue my use of paxil but after a month of unbearable withdrawl I started to take it again. I am now scared I will never be able to stop. - USA

David C Hall - Electric shock - Ontario

LISE B. - On Paxil since 3 years because of anxiety . Did good at first but I found out I'm addicted to it when I tried to get off it. The withdrawals effects are so strong - it causes even greater anxiety symptoms than before I started taking the drug . And I gained 30 pounds which doesn't help. - CANADA

Alan Karna - My sister-in-law is suffering severe withdrawl symptoms - United States of America

Suzanne Albert - I have been trying to get off of paxil for over a year and my doctor can't even help me. This drug shoul be banned! I have lost 5 years of my life since I started paxil. No sex drive, no feelings, no nothing. It's not worth living like this!!!!! - USA

Julia Long - Our son, Kenneth, committed suicide in December 2001 after having been on Paxil. We want this drug banned!!! I have heard horror stories over and over from other parents of suicide victims about Paxil! - U.S.A.

Kevin Smylski - Libido destroyed, memory loss, etc - Canada

Angela Juratovac - I have suffered severly due to Paxil. If I had know the truth I would have never started taking it. - Baltimore, Maryland

Anna Makoff - I need the pills yet I hate them. I cannot live without them yet I do not want to rely on them. I have no choice at all. - England

Julie C. Henry - I have had very bad withdrawal symptoms and have tried several times to get off of Paxil, unsucessfully. - USA

Jamie Karna - I had no idea by going on this pill to help with anxiousness during my wedding that six months later I would feel awful....I've been so sick the past month trying to wean off this drug....I don't know what to do. Thank God for the chat rooms and support groups and people I've met. I thought it was just me and my body for about 2 weeks until I typed paxil into a search engine.... - Lansing, MI

Mary Goodwin - This drug is very addictive.My husband gets ill everytime he tries to stop taking it .He said he feels like a heroin addict. - USA

Alicia Salas - GSK, you have made my life a living hell. I have spent the last 1 1/2, living a nightmare due to taking the wonder drug that you call Paxil. You really need to take responsability of the lives that you are ruining by continuing to produce this drug. - USA

Jerry Parrott - I have tried numerous times to quit Paxil, but cannot bear the tremors/anxiety/insomnia that comes after 2 days of not taking Paxil. - USA

Paula McIntosh - I have tried to stop taking Paxil for years. It's time for some accountablilty by SmithKline - USA

Philippe Lavigne-Labelle - Paxil is the worst medication I've ever taken - Québec, Montréal

Jessica A - When I was on Paxil it was a living nightmare I wasnt sleeping normally, loss of feelings, severe mood swings, no urge for sex...Paxil youre history, werent you actually a drug to be used to help smokers quit smoking, Ive studied you in my Psychology class and a lot of my classmates diasaproved of you including my instructor; youre a DANGER to our society! - USA

Mary Turner - I suffered from withdrawl and repeatedly had to increase my dosage while on Paxil. - USA

Greg Clement - Very bad anxiety during withdrawal from only 20mg. - Canada

Carly Toutant - Paxil has taken my life away - USA

April Coburn - This drug is so hard to withdraw from almost impossible - United States

Vickie Burns - I wish I'd never started taking Paxil... - USA

KB - electric zaps to my body have occurred while trying to get off Paxil - Canada

Mila Theroux - former paxil recipiant- experienced many negative affects that have been emotionally damaging - USA

Amy Marie Sawyer-Hammond - I suffered severe withdrawal and still suffer from various problems to this day. I want the tv ads to stop and the public to the know the truth. I would never wish for even my worst enemy to endure what I have had to. - USA

John Alan Doan - This is the most horrible thing I have had done to me. - United States of America

Kelly Browne - I am appalled and unbelivably dissapointed in a system that allows such an unbelievably terrible drug to be administered and prescribed with NO warning to patients. I have been sufferring intense paxil withdrawal symptoms for 6 days now. Constant Naseau, electric shocks, dizziness, an inability to think clearly, vivid terrifying nightmares, heart palpatations, sweaty palms, delayed vision, panic. The list is endless. I would NEVER have taken this drug, which was presecribed for me to treat a mild depression, if I was privy to the hellish symptoms it would cause for me later. - Canada

Judy Clubb - It was hell to withdraw from rhis drug - USA

Liz - ruined almost two years of my life - Canada

Tammy Tate - having withdrawls from paxil went to the doctor last month he gave me atibiotics and dizzy pills made the withdrawls worse went back on paxil for a month ran out again the same thing happeened again i figured out it was the pills doing it - USA

Tina Banker - I am desperately trying to get off of paxil...I have been on it for two years on 20mg dosage/day or lower..mostly only 10mg /day...why on earth should it be so hard to stop taking it???? - USA

Julie A. Blaylock - I thought I was going crazy from the withdrawal symptoms I suffered. - USA

Adrienne - I have never felt more sick, or desperate, in my life. After only 6 months on paxil I am addicted and now experiencing debilitating withdrawal effects. - Canada

Sarah Elliott - Something should be done to stop this drug - going through withdrawal for 6 months now and still not off! (side effects that I was never informed of, oh yes, asked GP for advice on withdrawal...he knew very little but had heard some of the withdrawal methods but I was told "this is a new drug, no-one really knows alot about withdrawal" THANKS TO THE GP WHO ORIGINALLY PRESCRIBED THIS TERRIBLE DRUG. - United Kingdom

Cheryl A Sotelo - For the past 1 and a half years, I have been on Paxil and this is my second time trying to get off. I am under a Dr.'s care, and even so, because of the withdrawl systems, I am having difficulty getting off this medication. - USA

Laura Dunning RN BSN - I just want everyone who preceded me in signing this petition, THANK YOU!! I have some point of closure about what is going on with me. I had been taking varing doses, starting with 20mg daily and over time had to increase it to 40mg. It worked great for me while I was on it for that 18 months. But after the 30# weight gain, I figured it was time to come off, with my Dr's approval. I was told by my MD and pharmacist that a slow weaning over 2 weeks would be just fine. Well, that's a damn lie. I spent the evening in the ER last night for electrical shocks going all over my body, dizziness, numbness, nausea, and worring that I was going to keel over at any momement. They told me I need to have a CT and an MRI of my brain and spine to rule out MS and Spinal Stenosis. Now lets talk about anxiety. After reading everyone's comments, it all hits home. I had quit Paxil 4 days ago, and now I feel like shit. But at least I know why. This is insane! I had done all the reading on Paxil in the drug books and PDR before I started, but nowhere did it state what kind of side-effects there are upon cessation of the med. I only hope this passes quickly and that the loved ones in my life are still there for me after all is said and done. Again, Thank You to every one that sigined before me and good luck to the ones who will sign after me!!! - USA

Beverly Beavers - when i was taken off paxil, my dizziness and confusion was so bad my doctor sent for a brain scan and test. i requested she let me go back on the paxil and as soon as i did the symptoms disapeared. but it was until i got online and discovered to my amazment that others were having the very same symptoms. - Franklin

Corinna M. Teichrib - Prior to my knowledge of "discontinuation syndrome" of Paxil, I have repeatedly tried to come off of Paxil and suffered severe withdrawal symptoms. I have small children and am afraid to come off of Paxil now because of the effects this may have on my family. - Canada

Rob - Thankyou for giving me more problems than i started with!!! - UK

Lowell Hubbs - I seen the Paxil commercials, and was on another prescription drug, and I asked to be swithched to Paxil. I never questioned if Paxil was addictive, was told nothing by my doctor. Reading pharmacy and drug book information, did not say anything about it being habit-forming, nor addictive. After a few months on the drug, I tried going off, cold turkey, and the result was electric zaps throughout my body, mostly my arms and legs, and a strange whoosh-like sound in my head, that every time I moved; it felt like some sort of seizure of brief but repeatative nature. Memory is terrible; that and extreme fatigue, now that I have tapered the dosage to 10 mgs; I am scared of going to 5mgs. I will know later how that turns out. Paxil is a terrrible drug-that I never would have taken, had I known the truth. It is beyond human comprehension, how such lies can be perpetrated on such a large number of people across this entire country; and all in the name of wrongful profit. - S. D.

Gail Conley-Reagan - I have experiened severe withdrawasystoms from Paxil... - USA

Cindy Belzile - I feel very angry and trapped. I'm afraid to stop taking Paxil - Canada

Peg Nolan - Paxil withdrawal was a horrible experience! - USA

Andrea Innes-Michailov - The FDA should answer for its approval of Paxil, the manufacturer lies and says it may cause weight loss, the withdrawal symptoms were INTOLERABLE - USA

Eileen Gallagher - My family recently witnessed the drastic effects Paxil can have on a person. My father was put on Paxil for a mild depression that was diagnosed during a routine physical. My usually energetic, positive-thinking father became withdrawn, tearful, jittery, paranoid, & DEPRESSED within 2 days of taking the 1st Paxil dose. We were shocked and confused at first, thinking that somehow he had suddenly fell into a deep depression. We now realize it was the Paxil. He is off of it now and back to his usual self, and actively getting involved in notifying physicians & the FDA about his experience. It can be a dangerous drug, and should not be prescribed so casually. All my father really needed was some counseling to help him figure out how to handle retirement! - USA

W.R. Sutton - Having tried to get off and failed twice, I am still on Paxil. Not sure if getting off the drug is what I should do, but it is scary. It has been about 7 years now. - USA

Tammy Pennington - I am addicted to paxil and I am very angry to know that I was told it was non addictive; when in fact it is very addictive. I have been on paxil for about 4 years and I know it's side effects and I know that it is addictive. - USA

Glenda Harris - I myself have not taken paxil but my sister n law has. She and I are very close so I have learned alot about this drug and feel this company does not represent the truth behind this drug and it makes me furious to see so many people getting "hooked on this" - USA

Ken Edgeworth - been on it 8 yrs. Tried to quit 5 times - Canada

Nicol Campise - The pamplet states that Paxil is not addicting. If that were true then I would never have felt so miserable when I ceased taking the pill. - USA

Amy R. Jenkins - I thought I would die while withdrawing from Paxil - USA

Angel Baumann - Stopped Paxil when I got pregnant - severe, severe withdrawal symptoms - wish I had been warned! - U.S.A.

Lynn Nirenberg - Paxil withdrawal is a nightmare. - USA

Leslie - I have just started taking this drug a couple of months ago and missed a few doses and experienced many of these side affects - USA

John Hernandez - I'm signing this petition through experience. I suffered extreme withdrawals after coming off the drug. - USA

James Towner - I am a Paxil user and have been dealing with the withdrawl symptoms especially the jolting electric "zaps" which are starting to get worse and more frequent. - United States

Kimberly Cohen - I am having horrible withdrawals getting of Paxil. - United States

CONNIE CONWAY - I'm having problems with the withdrawel and it is addicting - Blue Springs Mo. USA

Scott Winterhoff - The side effects I had on paxil were hellish and trying to ween off it has been even worse. I'm light headed, sick to my stomach, tired, feel like I have the flu every day. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired on this medication - United States

Lisa Williamson - Horrible withdrawal symptoms that mimic depression symptoms resulted in unncessary drug changes and/or increases. My therapist was completely unaware of the "the zaps" and just continued to perscribe yet another SSRI! JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE PROFESSIONALS WITH DEGREES DOES NOT WARRANT OUR COMPLETE COMPLIANCE AS PATIENTS..Ive learned the hard way we must be our own advocates. God Bless All! - Ontario CANADA

Debra A. Butler - I am a therapist who is experiencing withdrawal. Still, I had no idea how debilitating it could be to discontinue with this medication. I am angry that the makers of Paxil and my doctor did not inform me about or help me through symptoms such as "seizure-like" sensations that occur 100's of times daily, nausea, and dizziness. It was only when I went to the internet that I could validate my experience. - USA

Lisa White - suffering from paxil withdrawl - USA

Susan Shaner - Xannax was a piece of cake to get off of. Paxil is IMPOSSIBLE - USA

Patricia D. Gibson - I have been suffering severe withdrawals from paxil for over a year...of hell - Virginia Beach, Virginia

Helen Bakaszynsky - I have been taking paxil since 1999, although intially very happy with how it helped me cope with my depression, I have been unable to stop takin it due to the severe and distrurbing withdrawal symptoms. My doctor has been of little help in this respect and can't even accept there are side effects. I will try again knowing this time, that these awful feelings are due to the drug that I was told would help me get better. - UK

Alain de Zilva - I have been weaning down the paxil for 4 months now, each one worse that the last. SKB lies in their TV ads for paxil... Paxil is habit forming! and the withdrawals are worse than the original problem... - Canada

Trisha Spinelli - Been off Paxil 4+ years and still suffering from side effects. I had none of these neurological problems prior to taking this poison. And I was only on it a little over 3 months. GSK is shameless for lying about the dangers of this drug. - USA

Janaki Kagel - It is very important to be upfront about possible addiction... I had a withdrawl episode and almost ended up in a mental institution. I was on the floor, shaking and crying. It was the single most horrible experience of my life. I would not wish it upon anybody, and i doubt that you would either. If I had known that that sort of thing might happen, I would still have chosen to go on the drug, but I would have been much more careful about taking the drug acurately and weening off of it correctly. - US

Sue Mason - I have been trying to get off PAXIL for about a year with no success so far. - USA

T. Anderson - Definitely is an addictive drug as I have had to increase my dosage each year (over almost 9 years) to get the same effect ... and have extreme side effects when increasing or decreasing dosages. - Washington County, Oregon

Joyce Papania - my daugher has been on Paxil for about 5 years now. We have tried a few times to wean her down or off Paxil and she winds up having severe anxiety attacks. If I had known this, Paxil would not be in her system now. The doctors don't tell you that this drug is not easy to come off of. My daughter is tired all the time, does not have normal bowel movements like she used to, and in general, totally dependant on Paxil. This should be against the law. - Los Angeles

Karen - I am addicted and need help! - USA

Gloria Herrick - Have been on Paxil for 1 1/2 months and tried to quit. Had seriously bad headaches and found the Paxil Database. All this garbage scared the hell out of me, so I started taking it again. The headache went away and hasn't came back. So I know it was because of the Paxil. Now I don't know what the hell I'm going to do. Scared out of my mind! - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Patrice L. Schaff - Was prescribed Paxil for 8 years. Doctors did not believe that I was going thru withdraw every time I tried to wean myself from it! - USA

Liliane M. Lykes - Horrible effects from withdrawal - USA

Greg Baird - I have never taken drugs prior to use of paxil for treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. I'm absolutely amazed that while this drug was very effective in relieving my symptoms, I'm particularly distressed and amazed at how miserable the withdrawal symptoms are after discontinuing it. I take particular exception to your company's suggestion that only drug abusers are likely to experience these horrible side effects of discontinuation. I am considering legal action. - USA

Lori Hurd - My doctor does not believe me when I tell him I suffer because of the withdrawals from Paxil. He tells me that I must "need" the Paxil. I am a very healthy person otherwise, not ever addicted to anything. This drug definitely has very FRIGHTENING withdrawal symptoms. I do not like to idea of being on medication for the rest of my life needlessly. - United States of America

Ronald F. Welch - Have tried for 5 1/2 years to quit, Can't ! - USA

Rosalind Gaines - became phyically ill on paxil for five years - U.S.A

Donovan - Still suffering 2 months later - Canada

Jackie Miller - My 14 year old son is on Paxil and the withdrawal has been a nightmare, so much so that I have put him back on it! I can't bear to watch him suffer through his withdrawal. It's truly been a nightmare... - USA

Wayne Gernon - Attempted 4 times to get off of drugs. Been on it for 5 years - United States

Dan Spinale - have been on paxil for 6 years, tried to get off 3 times, am trying again but having bad withdrawals - USA

Jessica A. Stewart - I started taking paxil in1997.60mgs.Then when summer would come the doctor would drop the dosage to 40mgs. because of the reaction I would suffer from the heat. this went on for 5 years.Till Oct. 2001, when I started to have an allergic reaction to paxil.Nov. 17 2001 , my doctor just cold turkey me off of it. 7 weeks of pure hell. and that is being nice about it. I felt as though I was going insane. There were times that I could not even get out of bed, or eat. Christmas was not very merry for me or anyone around me. I wish that someone would have told me what kind of hell I was in store for, before I ever took that frist dose of paxil.I wonder if it really helped my panic attacks, anxeity attacks or not. I seem to be doing better since I have stop taking paxil. - USA.

Zoe - It will ruin my life, I can not come of them and want answers. - Hertfordshire, England

Mary Grovers - Have had horrible side effects trying to get off Paxil; and have been denied insurance because I'm on it - Trinity County, CA

Ramona Jenson - I am outraged that a company has mislead so many doctors and patientss for what was for them a great financial gain. I want to make them sorry they ever withheld information, and yes I want them to pay for their wrong doings. This sight has helped me to know that others have experienced what I am experiencing right now and are still there to tell about it. The nuerological effects of going off paxil are unimagineable. The doctors tested me for all sorts of spinal cord problems and nuerological diseases before the neurologist finally went online and found out that a withdrawal symptom of paxil was tingling. I have numbness of my hands, feet, and mouth. The tingling associated with this seems to cover my whole body much of the time, and it feels as though I am at the dentist receiving nitrus oxide for dental work. The past week I have had clicks and zaps in my hands and wrists. After sleeping for a couple of hours I wake up with my legs feeling so asleep that I have to hold onto things to make sure I can walk. My hands are normally either freezing cold or feel like they are burning up. I have tinkling in my nose which is enough to make me feel like screaming, but I don't. My mouth feels as though I am constantly sucking on sucrets, yet at the same time it is soar and very dry. I am eating, but only do so because I know I have to because I am a diabetic. I really don't feel like eating. These symptoms are real. The paxil medication is the cause for them. Three doctors and five office visits passed before a physician even knew why I was having these symptoms, yet at every visit I asked, "Could it have anything to do with my decrease in paxil?" In fact, they even allowed me to quit the paxil because of the dry mouth. They were unaware of the addiction paxil causes. I hope to God that I can get through this without taking another paxil tablet again. As the numbness and tingling continue to get worse, I am scared of what it will feel like when/if the intense feelings of numbness and tingling I have on my hands and feet cover my entire body. I am angry at the makers of paxil! - USA

Sabrina Rankin - It took me over 4 months to get off paxil and I still have side effects. - USA

Paulette Kinder - Trying to get off of this drug is horrible had i known I would have never even started it. - U.S.A

Alison Thomas - withdrawal from paxil - headaches - passed out - zaps in brain- foggy head - Canada

Tony Harper - I was not informed how difficult it is to stop taking Paxil. It is worse than the anxiety attacks! - USA

Alice M. Kratz - Withdrawal symtoms are awful - USA

Amy DiTrani - Have been on Paxil for 2 years, have gone through withdrawal hell when my prescription ran out, and thought i was crazy since i hadn't known that withdrawal was a possibility... now am weaning myself off, but withdrawal has started again, even though i have been decreasing the dosage by 5mgs... so even weaning can cause withdrawal... i am dizzy, if i move my eyes too much i feel like i am going to fall over, so disoriented... non-habit forming, my ass... i hate paxil... if i had known i would have never gone on it... i am just scared that the withdrawal is going to get so bad, i am going to give up and go back on it... it is a vicious circle... and i can't believe that the drug manufacturers can blatantly lie about all this.. it makes me sick... - USA

Katrina Marlowe - I have been off paxil for 1 week, and the withdrawal symptoms are so severe, I can't carry on normal life, and have even been to ER because of it. - USA

Jeffrey Hutchinson - severe memory loss and confusion on Paxil, depression and psychosis during withdrawal. I started the drug again and am about to try to get off of it again. - US

Peter Belfield - I have been taking Seroxat 20mg/day for 4 months, and this week I halved the dose. The consequences were distressing nightmares, violent thoughts, severe dizziness and nausea. I am off work with this, and I read the patient information leaflet that says"you cannot be addicted to Seroxat". I think something is severely wrong as I wouldn't have taken the drug if I knew the withdrawal is as bad as this. - England

Emma Mace - i am withdrawing now and it is very scary -Australia

Larry W. Collier - I am having the same side effects while trying to get off of Paxil that I read about on the internet that everyone else is having. That is why I searched the net to see if it was just me. The doctor said that Paxil wasn't habit forming but failed to mention the problems associated with discontinuing the drug. - USA

Kristin Monesmith - I have never been addicted to anything in my life but Paxil and I want off it!!!!!! - USA

Lisa Rizzi - I have had major side effects from paxil. I am not depressed but have had a problem with anxiety and now I have nightmares, dizzieness, fatigue, headaches, blurred vision, hallucination of movement, neck pain, gastroenteritis, extreme ear pain, problems breathing and very upsetting heart spasms and so on. I live in fear of withdrawls and I feel as though Paxil hasn't helped me calm down but it has made my body sick and weak. I had to drop out of college and quit my job because I couldn't even see straight. I am 19 years old and I can't tell myself that it is going to be alright. - Canada

Mary J. Ryan - My MD advised me to taper from 20mg to 10 mg to nothing. I am experiencing extremely uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that I have just realized are attribuatble to my discontinuance of this drug. More public information and caution must be exercised regrading stopping Paxil - United States of America

Wendy Fiolek - I went on Paxil for a month for depression and anxiety. Actually my doctor had discussed me going off and I was against it because I worried about withdrawl symptoms. Then I discovered that I was bipolar and couldn't stay on Paxil and I was on a pretty high dosage - 40 mg a day. My doctor told me to stop immediately and I started Depakote. I was only off one night and I couldn't believe the symptoms I had. Horrible insomnia, the most violent nightmares I have ever had, my leg and arms were jerking involuntarily, and the most disturbing which I had read about was that I had this buzzing inside of my head and ears like a zap or like I was being shocked and I was afraid it wouldn't stop. I hope Paxil is taking off the market. It isn't at all what it is cracked up to be and I would tell anyone not to go on it. - USA

Paula G - 3 months into Seroxat cold turkey and things are getting even worse. Thank You GSK for your corruption and deceipt. - Wales UK

John S. Sindoni - Very uncomfortable and frightening withdrawal symptoms - United States

Jennifer Foley - trying very hard to get through, it's hell.. week 7 - Ontario, Canada

Skye Zamalloa - I have taken paxil for three years, complications were ignored by my psychiatrist and I was told to add an anti-psychotic to my Paxil-Klonopin cocktail. I have been trying to get through the horrible withdrawal for over a year. The withdrawal symptoms are so unbearable one continues taking the medicine for relief. How is this anything but capitalist controlled drug-dependency? - USA

Joy Pow - this has been the worst thing I have ever gone through - the withdrawal side effects are still going on and it has been months. - Canada

Laura Egan - Paxil withdrawal sufferer for over 4 months - USA

Peggy MacPhie - Having been on the drug for a month and a half and gone off the drug I can tell you that the long term side effects are a lot more severe than the reason I went on the drug to begin with. - Canada

John Warner - Living Hell since off Paxil 6 days ago - Canada

Vanessa Hawkins - I have been on this drug for a little over a year and now want to get off of it, I have had all of the side effects from coming off this drug after you advertise that it is not addictive and there are no effects - United States

Amanda Thomas - Have tried to get off of Paxil three times, the "zaps" are really annoying and you do feel like you are "floating around" I figured too, that I needed the drug since I had those withdrawal symptoms. Now I am scared since I have learned that I am addicted to this drug. May God help us all recover from this. - United States

Theresa M. Saik - The side-effects of withdrawal really stink. It has truly affected my happy and calm disposition. The zap sensation is the worst I have ever experienced. I truly believe doctors should be better informed as to the side-effects of withdrawal. - USA

Renny C. Smith - I was only on Paxil for 3 weeks (max. dose of 30 mg.) I didn't like the way it made me feel like a zombie, so I tapered off over 1 week. 3 days after my last dose, my hellish nightmare of withdrawal began. It's been a week now and I am still suffering from "zaps", occular migraines, vertigo, nausea, fever and chills. How can Dr.'s prescribe this drug without mentioning these horrificly dangerous withdrawal symptoms? The Dr's don't know nearly enough about this drug to be prescribing it. I hope my hell is over soon! - USA

Cheryl Maggs - To think I trusted the words of a psychiatrist and let him put my already disabled (aarskog syndrome & autistic/pdd)13 yr. old son on 30 mg of paxil for treatment of panic disorder, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Not only did I demand to have him weaned off this drug because he demonstrated serious and dangerous behaviourial issues both at school and home where safety was an issue for himself and others, little did i know what was ahead for him coming off this paxil poison. As I write this, this poor child is having headaches, dizziness, nightmares, nightsweats, flu like achiness all over his body, bouts of crying, moaning and groaning, extreme nervousness and anxiety, sleeplessness, and gastric problems. Today, he told me he felt like dying. All this is happening because I trusted a Dr. of Psychiatry with my child who told me that Paxil didn't have as many side effects as other medications. I, as a parent, am feeling guilty for administering such a drug to my child who trusts me to protect him always, but I am also extremely angry at the producers of this horrible drug who did not issue label warnings of addictiveness and extreme mood changes and at the FDA for allowing such a drug on the market. Someone needs to pay for this gross deceit to the public!!! My son and our family have been to hell and back for the past six (6) months and I pray that there will be an end to this nightmare for my innocent son who does not understand what is happening to him or his body. My son or I do not sleep at night....DO YOU SMITHKLINE BEECHAM AND PAXIL??? (Just an FYI....The Psychiatrist told me to cut his dosage from 30 mg to 15 mg and after 6 days of doing this, he advised me to stop giving him the Paxil completely and within 2 days the withdrawals began) Signed, a seriously concerned loving Mother speaking for a child who can't speak for himself :( - United States

Jacquie Coghill - getting off these pills is tearing my life apart - Canada

Jan Gordon - This medication has caused me to grind my teeth. I feel nausea, headachey, shivery, and generally unwell when I try to go for more than two days without this. - UK

Michael K. Piper - I am horrified to only now be finding out the reality of the major withdrawl synptoms of Paxil. I have only been on the medication, at merely a 20mg/day dose mind you, for approximately 5 months. I saw absolutlely no change whatsoever in my original symptoms, so I decided to quit taking Paxil. My physician even stated that I should have no problem quitting bieng that my dosage was so low. Little did he know. I hope my name appearing on this petition along with the others helps to resolve this matter for the benefit of those like me who are going through the HELL of Paxil withdrawl. - USA

Wayne Gernon - Attempted 4 times to get off of drugs. Been on it for 5 years - United States

A. Merlo - Withdrawal has been agonizing - was not informed at all of addicitve properties. My body feels permanently altered. - Canada

Nicole - This drug is ruining my life, and it is very hard to get off! - USA

Sandra Jean Mitchell - My depression was the result of the Medical Communities incompetence. I was diagnosed as psychosomatic.They offered Paxil or forcible hospitalization. A year later, a neurophychologist discovered I was not crazy, but inflicted with Lyme Disease. With Paxil, I now have more physical and mental problems then I began with and if not more hopeless, still depressed. In order for you to know what I experience when I even forget to take my 20 mg Paxil each day; turn on a table lamp, take out the light bulb and stick your finger inside the socket till you experience the shock. Take it out and put it back in, take it out, put it back in. . ect. Better yet, get a lamp for each hand and remember to do it always, no breaks allowed. How long can you take it? Those of us on Paxil, who experience this side effects, just have to take it. The choice is Paxil or the shocks. This just the beginning. After you get through the physical shocks, there is a whole realm of other side effects just as disturbing. - United States

Deb La Plante - I took Paxil for 5 days and hated how I felt, so quit taking it. The next 12 - 14 days were a living hell. I've NEVER been so sick in my whole life and contemplated suicide during that time. Paxil and other SSRIs are a true load of crap, a dangerous load. GSK owes us all, BIG TIME! They're lying, cheating, drug dealing criminals, who don't give a crap who they make suffer as long as they're making a lot of money. - USA

John Simmons - My 1st wife and I were prescribed paroxetine in 1991. She committed suicide in 1991 and I am still on the tablets 11 years later. Cannot get off having tried many times. - UK

Gina Giaccotto - I take Paxil-and stopped taking it for 3 days about 2 months ago-Had terrible withdrawel symptoms, so I started taking it again. - USA

Beth Vedder - I am having horrible problems withdrawing from this drug! - USA

David Dalton - I have watched my partner going through hell and it still isn't over. I have seen the suffering her friends, on support boards and in emails, are going through either from taking Seroxat or by losing children through this drug. The death and suffering caused to what were once vital, happy, loving and loved members of the human race by self-seeking people in search of power and money fills me with utter revulsion. - UK (Wales)

Laurie Groshong - The withdrawls are horrible - U.S.A.

Dan Spinale - have been on paxil 8 years, severe withdrawal symptoms - USA

Scott Kennedy - Paxil withdrawal was the worst few months of my life. -USA

Leigh Sobhani - I have never taken any illegal drugs and don't drink alcohol, and my distress at having been unwittingly prescribed an addictive drug (my experiences now of unsuccessful withdrawal, side affects and relapse have convinced me of the addictive nature of Paroxetine) are totally unjustifiable. I have lost 2 years of my life to the ups and downs of Paroxetine (I am now 25ys old) and don't want to see others being deceived in the same way. - United Kingdom

T. Billings - After several unsuccessful attempts to get off Paxil, I cannot believe that SKB has the nerve to promote Paxil as non-habit forming. I have personally called the company and told them of the difficulty in getting off this drug as have many, many others. You people continue to lie about the addictive quality of the drug you make and cause unbelievable damage in the lives of those who trust you. This suffering is all in the name of money. How incredibly selfish and cruel!!!!! I will, from this day forward, always ask the physcian what company makes the drug he/she is giving me, and if the answer is SKB, I will refuse. I DO NOT trust you. You continue to lie about your product to innocent people. I will never buy a product associated with SKB again for the rest of my life!!!! - USA

Jacquelyn A. Penczek - I went off Paxil slowly a year I'm back on it. I've learned that unless I want to go through foul side effects, I might be taking it for the rest of my life. Is that what the company wanted in the first place? - USA

Thomas Donahue - I can't even shake the problem of comming off paxil I have a bad headache and I feel like I am going to pass out so I have to take another Paxil to try and rid my body of this awful feeling.I feel like a junky and cannot stand to live my life like this. - U S A

TJ Meadows - I was one of these users of paxil and I am still suffering from side effects after 2 months when I stopped useing it. - USA

Ani Desilets - I went through hell trying to get off it so I am back on it withdrawl or non-habit forming what a lie - USA

Kit Wong - Paxil is 100% addictive - US

Cheryl Blauvelt - Horrible withdrawal, felt suicidal - USA

Kelly S. Madsen - Paxil is the single worst thing that has happened to me in all 36 years of my life! It should be removed from the market! - United States

Megan Leonard - paxil withdrawls are extreme! - United States

Lisa Clifford - This drug is addictive and has been a nightmare to get off... AND it put 50 pounds on me...somehting the doctors said COULDNT happen......go figure. - USA

Mark E. Riensche - Its over - I'm free of your drug - after four years and numerous attempts to stop I finally was able to make the break. It took me three and a half months of weaning to get from 40mg to 1mg. I thought I was stuck, then read about 5-HTP (griffen bean extract). Stopped Paxil and substituted a 50mg of 5-HTP to counteract the withdrawal symptoms. Its over. Finally, its over. To my fellow petitioners, there is hope. PS: File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, it the right thing to do. - USA

Elizabeth A. Reed - serious withdraw complications - USA

Lois Sales - have tried to get off of this several times. each time I thought I was going to die, I was so sick. I had to keep taking it! I am trying to get off it again. This time I will scratch off a little bit more each day with a knife, hoping that maybe in four to six months I will be off this stuff. - USA

Kathleen Edgett - Been addicted for 6 years Lost Jobs from missed work trying to get off this crap, mislead into beleiving it was safe and non addictive, even have taken it during pregnacy as apparantly safe. - Canada

Andrea Bishop - Would never have started taking this medication if I had known how it would effect me when I stopped taking it. How dare you falsley market this medicine and ignore the people you are supposedly trying to help. - USA

Fiona Wilde - I'm signing this in the hope that this drug eventually gets taken off the market and other people will be spared what I have gone through with this horrendous drug. - UK

Carolyn Griffin - addict to paxil also shocks my brain - USA

Angela M. Smith - Shy 18-year-old, who saw ad on t.v. for social anxiety disorder, received 1 months supply of Paxil with six refills, no warnings of side effects, had Rx within a 3 minute visit with doctor. Paxil sent to me HELL. This medicine is worse than any "street drug" could possibly be. SKB should be held accountable for my misery. - USA

Sarah M. - My 16 year old brother murdered a friend after being on Paxil for only 6 weeks. He recently got sentenced to 70 years in prison (he is now 17)!!! My family and friends are completely shocked and many psychiatrist's witnessed (under oath) during his trial that there were no known negaive side effects. My family and I want justice!! This horrible drug,and many other SSRI's need to be taken off the market before someone else ruins their life! - USA

Melanie Harrison - I get "head zaps," headaches, heart palpitations, tight chest, confusion and dizziness if I forget to take my pill for just one day - USA

N.Perales - This Drug has put me threw a living Hell.. My life sucks people I Love are suffering with me ... SmithKline Beecham should take a piece of there own crappy pink drugs and have them taken away and see how they cope with no paxil... no sleep... no memory... and most of all the loss of lives from people who ave acted on there anger from this drug and not understanding to those who have hurt themselves because of this poison you all so much recommend and say that it is not habit forming when in fact it is just as bad as any drug they sell in the streets......... HOW COULD YOU EVEN SLEEP AT NIGHT))))LOSERS... I hope you get yours.......... - USA

Phil Torres - paxil is the key that breaks in the lock. - USA

Carrie A. Blouin - Have used Paxil for 3 years at 30mg, was never told of side effects and am currently suffering from withdrawal symptoms - United States

Ramon R Jaraba RN - Will never take this med again - been on it for 5 yearss - Riverside, Ca

Lowell Hubbs - I think the greatest disservice GSK did, was to falsely claim only drug addicts and the like, could get hooked on, or for only such poeple could paxil become habit forming? So, all these people having signed this petion, are drug addicts? For one, I am not! The first 6 months I took Paxil, it seemed to work well for the stress related anxiety I was prescribed for. the TV comercials bragged it up as good for such a condition, and being non habit forming; LIERS!!! My doctor never informed me of severe withdrawal I may experiance, or when I should get off the drug, basically prescribed more sample, by phoning his nurses. After six months, I tried to go off cold turkey; after four days had severe shock waves in my brain, body, and up and down my legs. Zapping was so severe, I could hardly hold my eyes open; to sit still, with your eyes shut was the best. Paxil; non habit forming??? I then went back on 20mg. and proceeded down to 10, 5, and the 0. over 4 months time; each step was hell; with more of the same, no sleep, just nightmares, migraines I never had before. Each step down, after a couple days, I had to return to the previous dosage, and start over back down, because the brainzapping/ body pulsing, and near inability to function and concentrate, were gone; I could not stay at work, without more drug. I was continually late for work; could not wake up; was no exhausted. I nearly lost my job. now after 4 months I am off Paxil for 20 days; and still from time to time I am getting brain zaps and whooshing sounds in my ears and head; at time it feels like someone pumped my head full of air; my balance and coordination are off- to the point it is hard to work, also. When I read the article on the 3 part article on the pineal gland, on www. antidepressants facts .com, it is clear that Paxil causes brain damage, thanks so much, GSK, and being Paxil has such a short half life, about 4 days, it seems; these results of my experiance can be looked at as nothong but possible brain damage, my brain is still trying to find ways to compensate for. Now, after 20 days, I am developing sever panic attackson awaking in the morning, that I had not before. What do I do now; go get myself hooked on more Xanax? I believe all SSRI drugs are dangerous; and Paxil is the worst. What about the violent anger,and frustration this drug produces?This is a treatment that makes people better able to function in life? It is biggest lie ever told; for profit of the already rich, to get richer! GSK, I hope that when all the lawsuits are completed, you no longer exist, to harm anyone else; it can not come soon enough! GSK, feel free to email me at, and that with any appoligy you have the balls to make! Again I ask you in top management to please take your own poison, for 6 months, an then go off cold turkey; or even wean off slowly, maybe you would have an attitude adjustment!!! Profits will mean nothing, when you get to the end of your life; and you have to answer for the pain you have caused. I hope you are made to experiance the agony, times 1000, the people that have signed this petion, have felt! - USA

Sherri Kern - i had the worst withdrawls!!!!!!! - USA

Donna Wagner - I'm addicted to Paxil and cannot get off of it. - United States

Joanne - I have decreased my paxil only by 5mg, and I have not slept in six days. I had to be prescribed sleeping pills to knock me out. I am missing work because as you can imagine it is hard to function without sleep. Are you going to pay for my time away from work? Not likely! - Canada

Terry T. Holland - I am addicted to this heinous drug. - USA

Leigh Simmons - I have had enough of Paxil and will come off of it if it kills me. I am missing work, my blood pressure is dangerously up and I can hardly think or walk due to withdrawal. I need help coming off of this and there is no help. The doctor just wants me to keep taking it -sounds addictive to me. - USA

David Stec - Withdrawl symptoms are horrible - USA

Susan Kirth - I have never been dependent on any drugs, but now Paxil has me in bondage. Can not get off of it. Effects too devastating to day-to-day living. - USA

Mary - I am 19 and have been on Paxil for 4 years now. I want to get off of this, but I can't, the pain is too terrible. Major headaches, vomiting, and more. NOTHING relieves the pain, even extra-strength pain killers don't help at all. The only way to get any relief is to take more Paxil and curl up and lay in bed. - New York, USA

Lori Kerwin - I too suffered an extreme withdrawal period where I thought I was going to die and was not warned of the potential "melt down" that can occur. I was informed afterward by my health care provider that "seratonin syndrome" was the culprit and that indeed the blood pressure raises, temp raises and you become at an increased risk for serious health complications. I did not read any of this on the insert and have been a family practice nurse for 8 years. I think the public has a right to know. - Bentobn

Amy DuBiel - I have been trying to get off this drug for some time. I would like to thank skb for all my night sweats, vomiting, headaches, and a whole lot more. Your so-called take my life back drug has really just ruined my life. Thanks for nothing. - USA

Vicky Nickerson - I just don't understand why I have to take this for the rest of my life. I'm only 33 , i'm to young to be taking medication everyday. - US

Margaret A. Hoyland - My son was placed on it for two weeks, I took him off of it because the mania and mood swings/irrational thinking were worse than ever. He also has loss of concentration, insomnia and sedation. Restlessness and nervousness. Very bad situation with this . Would not recommend any one ever be prescribed this again. - USA

Chanda Grace - i have been on paxil and extremly sick from it for quite some time.I have never abused drugs or achohol and i have had a terrible time trying to get off paxil - USA

Birte Petersen - I took Paxil for a year until it started to interact with another prescription I had to take. The result was frightening and not knowing that Paxil was habit forming, I decided to quit cold turkey. My problem disappeared almost immediately, however after a week the withdrawal symptoms set in. I experienced severe anxiety attacks, insomnia, nausea and I feared for my sanity. Today 7 months after quitting Paxil, I still suffer from anxiety attacks, although to a lessor degree and I agree that Paxil is a very dangerous medication and it should be taken off the market immediately. - Canada

Gerard Lismore - I am quitting Paxil cold turkey after 13 months .I sweat ,cant contentrate ,have tremors , am sick of nausia and am trying to cope wiyh a wife who does not understand. ITS killing me - Canada

MELISSA RIDENOUR - I am having severe problems w/ Paxil - USA

Cheryl G - My confusion and fear has been replaced with anger and bitterness!! I DARE any of the so-called "experts" to use this heinous product and report with a straight face that there are minimal side effects and withdrawl symptoms. Life is living hell right now but the will is strong - we WILL make you listen! - USA

BOB FIDDAMAN - Zaps are a major concern. Why do the makers off this drug fail to acknowledge that they exist? - UK

Aleta Pringle - paxil has ruined my life. - USA

Sheri Sparks - I hate this medication and am desperately trying to get off. - United States of America

Darren K. Green - Severe withdrawal effects - USA

Sherry Stephens - I am suffering from withdrawal beyond belief, and this is with gradual cutting down! - USA

Gina Zdanowicz - I was prescribed Paxil for my reaction to being outside the WTC when the attacks occured. It did help me get past those fears and control the anxiety but when I stopped taking it I had a bad withdrawl that lasted for 4 weeks. I was not informed of this before hand. - USA

Elaine Kissane - I'm just beginning the withdrawl process,so far it's been really hard.I feel that if I knew how bad it would be to get off Paxil,I never would have begun it!Also,my therapist is under the false impression that the only withdrawl symptom is flu-like symptoms. - USA

Misty D. Gilbert - I fought the adverse affects of Paxil for almost 2 years. I became severely depressed & suicidal near my second year on Paxil. This is a very dangerous drug and needs to be taken off of the market completely. - United States

Kim Nikbin - Please help with facts for withdrawal I cannot miss anymore work and I have to have a hysterectonomy May 9. HELP - USA

William T. Watkins - This medication has debilitated the one I love. She has been trying to withdraw from this medication, and it breaks my heart to watch her suffer so badly. Something must be done. - USA

Colleen L. Campbell - I have been experiencing absolutely debilitating withdrawal side-effects from this horrible medication. No one ever told me of this danger, in fact, many healthcare professionals lied right to my face. I have been suffering from withdrawal for over 30 days and have not been able to work. People must know about these dangers. - USA

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