This site has been really helpful,
not only to me but to my patients. I am a clinical
psychologist and many of my patients have reported
withdrawal symptoms from Paxil, as well as from
other SSRI's. I have to admit, I was like many
of therapists and physicians mentioned on your
page, in minimizing the withdrawal process,
since it was not well-documented in the clinical
trial literature. Let me just say now- "I'm
a believer". After being on Paxil myself
for about 1 year, I am now weaning myself off.
Talk about withdrawal! I have the dizziness
and irritability spoken about by other individuals.
Today, I knew things were really bad, when at
my son's play, a child, "the cow"
failed to jump over "the moon" and
was upset. I wanted to burst out crying, and
could hardly keep from tears welling up in my
eyes. At first, as much as I tend to "intellectualize"
things regularly, I immediately thought I was
going crazy or that the depression was back
full force. It was so refreshing to read accounts
from others that they have had similar experiences.
I've been taking 1 20mg pill every 2 days, then
every 3 days, now I'm on every 4 days, but it
seems to be getting worse!!
Your information has helped
me beyond description. After being on Paxil
for 5 years, I asked my physician to prescribe
an alternative. So, about a month ago he began
decreasing and then eliminating the Paxil completely.
The weaning off process lasted about 5 days.
Then I started on Serzone. Of course I have
the "flu like symptoms", but then
about two weeks ago I began this phase that
has been like a living hell. I am afraid to
fall asleep because I have these overly vivid,
bizarre dreams. I've gone from being a very
"on top of things" employee to having
the most horrendous difficulty with my short
term memory. I have been terrified that I would
die, or lose my mind in the process. I stumble
at times when I walk and I have never had these
kind of problems. I am apologizing daily to
my co-workers and supervisor for my "dinginess".
I do a lot of crying, which is a change, because
on Paxil, crying was almost impossible. This
is all so embarrassing and frightening. I pray
will end soon. Every day lately is a fight
just to "hold on". Thanks for listening.
I was on paxil for almost two
years. About three weeks ago, I decided to wean
myself off of paxil after talking to my Dr.
about it. Boy I didn't know what I was in for.
As I got to a pill every other day I begin to
have the most vivid and horrific nightmares.
My husband would have to wake me because I would
be screaming and crying. I too had electric
type shock sensation in my head. I also experienced
Irritability, confusion, a feeling of a swishing
sound in my head when I moved my head, imbalance,
Insomnia, and violent thoughts. I thought it
was just me, until someone told me to look up
this sight. The awful thing about this was that
my 16 year old son was taking paxil occasionally
for his anger (7 months). He was always so depressed.
In July my son took his own life. I'd hate to
think it was because of the symptoms of occasionally
being off of paxil.
I believe this medication should be taken off
the market. I write this in memory of my son
hoping that others might realize their
not alone. Thank you for your web sight S. Crow
Hi, I can't believe that there
are other people dealing with what I am dealing
with. I stopped the Paxil 7 days ago, and I
am so moody and depressed. My doctor did not
warn me...had I known I would be feeling like
this, I would have waited to get off of it.
It is December, I am finishing grad school and
I have finals, but I don't care about it. I
was dating someone wonderful with great potential,
and he broke up with me because "one minute
I was OK, and the next I wasn't" and "I
would get mad at him for no reason." I
messed that up and blame myself. I yell at everyone,
and I just want to start caring about things
again. I can't sleep at night, so that's a lot
of fun because I dwell about the things that
I have messed up. Lastly, I obsessively worry
about everything. I want my sanity back for
I just wanted to add that before
this experience with Paxil withdrawal, I had
no claims or ill feelings toward pharmaceutical
companies. In fact, I always wanted to be a
pharmaceutical sales representative. After this,
I have changed my outlook on the pharmaceutical
industry, I am determined to be a social activist
against this type of abuse to patients and consumers.
I see clearly now as a nurse that a lot
of my hospice patients were on a SSRI like Paxil
and including Paxil. I am concerned that because
I was not educated on this subject that some
of my terminally ill patients suffered due to
SmithKline Beecham and other pharmaceutical
companies negligence as well as my ignorance.
Ninety-nine percent of my patients declined
over a period of time prior to death and were
unable to swallow their medicines, so they were
abruptly taken off of their medicines, as well
as Paxil and others like Paxil.
I am very concerned that due to being abruptly
taken off of these types of medicines, they
suffered these withdrawals and couldn't even
verbalize it due to being comatose and near
death. I could not imagine having these types
of withdrawal symptoms while going through the
dying process. I am more appalled by this than
my own experience.
In one day this has become a very heart felt
subject with me, especially now that I have
experienced it for myself. I am and will be
passionate regarding this subject. I will do
what is legally, morally, and ethically necessary
to see that this type of abuse to our consumers
is ceased. This is my chance to do what every
nurse and medical professional should do, and
that is to be an advocate for the people we
take care of and love, as well as ourselves.
I would like to thank you for
your page. I thought I was the only one who
is suffering from Paxil withdrawal. I am a Disabled
Vietnam Veteran who suffers from severe PTSD.
I thought that the dreams and nightmares were
bad from that. Not on your life. When I try
to back off the Paxil it is horrible. I get
Agoraphobia, electric type shocking in my head,
twitching feeling, cold sweats, sleep disorder,
no sex drive, the list just goes on. I feel
as if I am stuck with the Paxil for the rest
of my life
I weaned myself 2 years ago,
it was horrible for about 2 months, I could
not even drive. But, finally the symptoms went
away. The reason for taking Paxil was for panic
attacks associated with mitral valve prolapse.
I was off paxil for one year and had a baby,
then relapsed and had to get on paxil again.
Now I am trying to get off of paxil again, I
have been on it for 19months. I am once again
experiencing the dizziness , nausea, vertigo,
etc. But, I am determined to get off of it for
good this time. My father also experienced withdrawals
from paxil. The first time doctors did not have
a reason for the withdrawal symptoms, I am so
thankful this is finally being brought to everyone's
attention. This is horrible to go through. Something
needs to be done for all of the people going
After I stopped drinking (I'll
have 2 years of sobriety in July), I thought
I would try medication again. I was on 20mg
of Paxil a day for 2 months before I started
experiencing diminishing returns. The doctor
(without interviewing me for more than five
minutes, this would be the second time I spoke
to the psychiatrist, the first interview lasted
about ten minutes) upped my dosage to 30mg a
day. I took this dosage for a month; the
anxiety and depression were almost completely
eliminated; however, I was sleeping between
12-16 hours a day. I really don't have that
kind of time. I called my doctor again to let
him know how badly the side-effects were whipping
me, he decreased my dosage. After a couple of
days at the lower dosage, I began to feel out
of sorts again so, this time, I quit using Paxil
altogether. My shrink told me that the side
effects would only last a few days and, in a
month, he would get me on a different medication.
At this time, he made no mention of withdrawal
symptoms and, truth be told, neither did the
copy of the PDR I consulted.
Two days later, the dizzy spells started. Three
days later, the dizziness was constant. That
night, it was like all of the anxieties, all
of inner demons that had been pent up over the
four months I was on Paxil (and indeed over
the years before) were screaming through my
dreams. I did feel as if I were in the grips
of an uncontrollable madness. I dreamed the
world around me had melted away and that I had
been shifted into an alternate reality, were
the laws that governed the universe changed
moment by moment and each change was worse than
the last. While I am awake, my fingers constantly
tingle, my heart feels like it wants to claw
its way through my chest, I can not focus (this
e-mail has been extremely difficult to concentrate
on) for more than a few moments at a time, its
like being trapped in a bell-tower where manic
monks constantly yank unseen bell-cords.
I think I understand now where Poe was coming
from when he wrote The Bells. Withdrawal from
Paxil has colored my world with Lovecraftian
paints. Its like those monsters that Lovecraft
once imagined wandered in the "spaces between"
have found a gateway in my cortex and they all
want a chance to come through to experience
this world. It has been a week and things just
keep getting worse.
I cannot believe that there
are others out there with the same symptoms
as I have been feeling. I have experienced a
feeling like my eyes couldn't keep up to the
turning of my head, and extreme sweating and
nausea. The worst is probably the rage I feel
at absolutely nothing, triggered by anything.
I have never had this problem before, and when
I began lashing out at my two-year old, I knew
there was really a problem. Now I just have
to find a solution, as I have tried to get off
Paxil four times!
The first time I went off Paxil,
not knowing then what I know now, I lasted one
month before starting again. It seemed to me
that I had returned back to my usual anxiety/stress
symptoms, for which I was prescribed Paxil.
All of my symptoms disappeared within the first
day of restarting the Paxil. I stayed on Paxil
for some time and slowly weaned myself off Paxil
the second time around. Nausea, diarrhea, imbalance,
electric-type shocks in head and sometimes elsewhere,
and vivid dreams reappeared. It was then I realized
it wasn't me, but Paxil causing my symptoms.
So I went back on Paxil and decided that I'd
wean myself more slowly this third time around.
I've yet to get the courage to begin the weaning.
But, with the information in this website, I'm
encouraged that "this too shall pass".
I certainly do wish I'd been told about all
of this prior to commencing the drug, for I
most certainly would have requested something
else. I told my doctor that I had taken Xanax
years ago and did not want any part of that
again. I had no trouble going off that as I
was denied a prescription refill one day and
got mad and started exercising every day and
that helped. That was 10 years ago and I still
exercise everyday. I do have to admit that Paxil
has relieved me of my anxiety/stress symptoms,
but makes me slightly sluggish at times and
sleepy. I want my old energy back. Thank you
for letting me vent and for this website.
hank you so much for this site.
I thought I was going crazy, feeling like I
was a hypochondriac. I am an RN and couldn't
figure out what was going on with me. I even
went to the doctor and was diagnosed with idiopathic
vertigo, prescribed Antivert and given a brochure
on exercises that can be done to eliminate any
debris that may be in the inner ear. I never
did the exercises but the medication did help
with the spells did occur. The spells lasted
about three weeks and quickly left just as fast
as they had started. Those three weeks were
very scary thinking terrible thoughts, eliminating
any other causes, I was left thinking I must
have a brain tumor. I remember telling my doctor
that in a joking manner but it was still in
the back of my mind. Something really weird
was going on, something unexplained and that
was very scary. Thank you so much.
Hey man I thank god I found
your site. I am 18 year old male I thought I
had a serious undiagnosed medical problems which
caused me to have extreme anxiety. I have been
glancing over it several times especially the
withdrawal symptoms. I have all of the symptoms
you have listed and it's been 4 months now since
I quit paxil . I tapered too fast off of the
damn drug but I wasn't notified by my doctor
to taper off. I was on it for a year and quit
within 3 weeks! I wanted to notify you of a
few more withdrawal symptoms that I have experienced
not listed on your site: Music abnormally stuck
in my head playing over and over again, viral
infection (herpes simplex), weird head twitches,
feels like my brain is grinding back and forth
(worse when exercising), derealization (don't
feel here), jaw grinding. I also have had a
rash on my face and really dry skin. After I
quit paxil I was super scared that I had a medical
problem because I read somewhere that a rash
is a sign of a severe medical problem. Please
advise people if you already did not to not
believe anything they may think is wrong with
them during the months after paxil. It is the
This certainly is an evil little
pink pill i've been taking for 2 years. I've
been taking 20mg for 2 years and quit cold turkey
5 days ago. I experience almost all symptoms
mentioned. The "shocks" are frequent,
and concentration is almost non-existent. I
find myself stumbling on simple words on occasion.
I find that I have the most VIVID thoughts/dreams
during the short(although feels like an eternity)
time between awake and asleep. I take that back.
Vivid is an understatment. The dream-like state
is comparable to psychadelic drugs. Withdrawl
from this drug is insane! I hate it! I took
work off today because of it. And were i describe
these withdrawal symptoms to my boss, he'd NEVER
believe me. I'm so glad others have experienced
these horrific symtoms. I thought I was begining
to lose my mind. In closing I would like to
say; This is an evil drug! Do not take it! Find
an alternative. I wouldn't wish paxil withdrawal
on my worst enemy!
I have taken many antidepressants
over the years. They all have side effects.
I finally ended up on Paxil and it really seemed
to help my OCD and depression. I didn't like
the sexual side effects, but otherwise it helped.
I have been on Paxil for at least 8 years.
I tried a few years ago to stop, but the withdrawal
was so severe that I simply could not do it.
Since it does help with my OCD symptoms, I decided
to keep taking it. In fact, I even recommended
it to my sister, who also has OCD.
I recently had an allergic reaction and I wasn't
sure what it was from so I decided to wean myself
from the Paxil. I dropped from 10 mg to 5 mg
a week ago and for the past 3 days have had
insomnia, dizziness, nausea and diarrhea.
At first I blamed stress since I'm transferring
to new department on Monday (I work in a hospital).
Then I thought perhaps I was coming down with
the flu or something. I really felt crappy.
Today was the worst. I got called in to do a
stat EEG and I could barely drive to work, I
was so nauseated and dizzy. I felt weak and
actually had the shakes like a freaking junkie.
I had a hunch it was withdrawal so I took an
extra 5 mg before I went in. It wasn't until
I started doing an EEG on a patient that I realized
it was definitely the Paxil withdrawal. I dry
heaved just from the smell of his hair (hypersensitivity
to smell) and I am getting those annoying "zaps"
that I felt last time I tried to quit. It's
been 7 hours and the added dose is just starting
to kick in.
I am in total fear of stopping this drug, especially
with this new job coming up. I know what I went
through last time I tried.
I really appreciate your factual and informative
web site. Most doctors are not even aware this
problem exists with Paxil. My family doctor
Even my psychiatrist will not acknowledge that
Paxil is addicting, although he knows it causes
withdrawal symptoms in some patients. Well,
I may be crazy, but I'm not *that* crazy to
be imagining this stuff. This is a real phenomenon.
The fact that so many people on this web site
have described *exactly* how I am feeling proves
to me that this is a problem with the medication.
Thanks to your advice, I am going to try the
tapering method and hopefully will not suffer
as badly as I did the first time.
I'm not against anti-depressants. Just Paxil.
If I end up having problems again, I will try
another brand. I never suffered from the other
I am a 29 year old woman with
a Master's Degree in Counseling. I took Paxil
for only 2 months. When I mentioned to my Dr.
that I wanted to stop taking the medication,
he told me that it was important to ween off
the medication. He told me what to do. He said
that I might experience some mild side effects
similar to those I experienced when starting
the drug. These inital side effects were sleepiness
and mild trembling. Well, I did experience those
symptoms while weening off of the drug. However,
2 days after stopping the drug completely I
began to experience a plethora of other effects:
hot/cold flashes, extreme night sweats, nausea,
upset stomach, and what I refer to as the "eight-ball
effect." It is a sort of dizziness in which
it feels as if my brain is constantly moving
inside my head. I don't really think I will
pass out, but at times it feels like I will.
I called my DR. about the effects and he said
that it was odd that I would experience these
effects at t!
his point. He told me that withdrawl effects
don't last after the drug is no longer being
ingested. I'm so glad I found this website.
I know my symptoms are a result of the Paxil
and not some other illness. The thing that makes
me angry is that if I hadn't found this website
I would be going crazy with concern that I had
a brain tumor or something. After all, people
aren't dizzy for weeks at a time when they are
perfectly healthy. I don't want to go back on
the Paxil, so I will tough it out, but if I
had realized that withdrawl is so common I would
probably have opted against the medication in
the first place. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAh- it's so frustrating!
I'm glad I stumbled across this
site (well,not stumbled -- it's the first one
that came up on a Google search of "paxil withdrawal).
I'm a 46-year-old writer/editor with mild depression
that's probably seasonally affected (I live
in Alaska; the days get dark in the winter,
you know?). I've been on Paxil twice since 1999,
the last time for about 18 months. The first
time I went off I went cold turkey (I didn't
ask my doctor) and found the withdrawal to be
a few days of headaches. This time, kaboom!
the withdrawal has hit me full force. I had
told my doctor I wanted to go off, having felt
like life was under control and my depression
manageable. She suggested a schedule of seven
days at 10mg, half my usual 20mg/daily dose,
then every other day for 10 days at 20mg. This
worked out fine until I quit, and the past three
days have been one strange experience. Of the
checklist of symptoms, I'd say I have more than
half, including the hula-hoop in the head (great
phrase, that), slurred speech, dysphasia, and
dizziness. Mind, I'm a writer and editor and
stumbling over words and not being able to concentrate
is not a good thing. Anyway, thanks for this
site. I at least understand what's going on
in my head and have some direction to getting
off this weird drug. I do wish I'd known before
going on how tricky going off would be. Mind
you, Paxil works great and has helped me out,
but in the long run, the cure just might not
be worth going off the cure. We'll see.
I'm a 16-year-old girl. I have been depressed
since I was 12 years old. I was diagnosed and
put on Paxil in February 1999 (14 years old) to
treat my clinical depression. It helped me through
the remainder of 8th grade (February 1999-June
1999). Then in September 1999 I started my freshman
year of high school. I was okay at first. But
after about a month I started getting depressed.
Whenever I'd tell my psychiatrist that I was depressed,
he would just increase my dosage of Paxil. Soon
I was on 30 mg, which is a lot (as far as I know,
the most that they're supposed to put you on is
40 mg outpatient).
In January of 2000 I started
falling asleep in class. My French teacher called
home about it twice. It wasn't a normal in-class
sleep ("This is so boring, I'm going to take
a nap"). Instead it was a thing where my
eyes would roll back into my head and I just couldn't
stay awake. I'd try. But...it was impossible.
The class I was falling asleep in wasn't that
interesting anyway, but I wanted to stay awake
so I could pass. Soon I was failing. I couldn't
control the sleep...it was terrible. Looking back,
I now know that the feeling was kind of a drugged
sleep. As they say, hindsight is 20/20.
Another one of my teachers
called home. He said I was extremely, extremely
irritable in class. I was slacking off in my work.
It was a health class - a no-brainer as long as
you turn the work in. Well, I wasn't turning the
work in. I figured the class was so stupid, so
why even bother? I'd get so irritable...and I
hardly realized it was happening. I didn't realize
how much other people noticed. I thought I was
like that because the class was stupid. I didn't
realize how extreme my irritability was.
I started falling asleep
in my math class, too - that teacher didn't call
home, but I knew it was the same kind of sleep
that was happening in my French class. I couldn't
control it. I was always so fatigued, no matter
how much sleep I got at night.
Then there was a big health
insurance fiasco. I was still seeing a psychiatrist
regularly, but it was a different psychiatrist
every time. Nobody saw me two times in a row.
I hadn't really made the connection between my
symptoms and Paxil yet, so I told the psychiatrists
that I felt fine. Then they'd write me a refill
of 30 mg of Paxil. I thought I was falling asleep
because I was tired and that I was irritable in
health class because it was a stupid class.
In March, I realized something
was wrong with me. Something was seriously wrong.
I stopped and thought about it...I hadn't changed
my diet, I hadn't changed my routine, but I felt...wrong.
Paxil was the only problem I could think of.
So I decided to quit it,
cold turkey. I'd read the literature on it (I've
always read all the literature for my medications)
and it didn't say anything about an addiction.
I figured I didn't have anything to worry about.
So, that night, I didn't take my pill.
The next day, I felt great.
I was energized. I was happy. I was myself again.
I realized that I hadn't been myself for so long...it
was like coming home.
But then the next day I
felt terrible. Not mentally - physically. In first
period I almost puked. And I never puke. I was
standing in a huge, dense clump of people for
a group yearbook picture and I almost puked on
the guy in front of me. Luckily, I held it down.
Third period I told my teacher about my medication
- I'd already figured out it was withdrawal -
and she let me go to the bathroom. I was kneeling
in front of the toilet all period, trying not
to puke (I absolutely hate puking) but kneeling
there just in case.
During passing period, I
had to concentrate to just walk in a straight
line. And stairs...I had to go down a long flight
of stairs and up another. That was terrible. I
had to bow my head completely down and watch my
feet reach the next step. We were dancing and
singing in fourth period. Couple dancing, thank
gah. I had a guy to support me.
I couldn't eat. I was so
nauseous. I managed to make it through sixth and
seventh period, but only barely. That night, I
had my mother take me to urgent care at the medical
Because I was 14, I had
to go to the pediatric urgent care doctor. I told
him my problem: Paxil withdrawal. There was no
other possible cause. The doctor didn't know a
thing about Paxil except what I told him (that
it's an anti-depressant/anti-anxiety) but could
tell that something was wrong and wrote me a note
to get out of school for three days. He thought
I had the flu or something.
For the next three days,
I couldn't walk. I woke up in the morning on the
first day, not sure what to do. Since a person
can only sleep so long and reading a book just
seemed out of the question, I managed to drag
myself downstairs (clinging to the railing) and
to the computer. I stayed on the internet all
day - it was my therapy. I did the same thing
for the next three days. I felt so dizzy and weak.
And the nausea...I hardly ate anything.
I didn't get the "electric
shock" feeling that a lot of people have
described. I'm glad I didn't - I would have panicked
if I did. All I felt was...well, I could hardly
walk. I was dizzy. I was nauseous. I could think
pretty clearly, though. I've always been an excellent
touch-typist and could operate my hands well.
And I could read the computer screen. The internet
was what kept me from going crazy from the withdrawal.
It was a blessed distraction.
While I was on the internet,
I researched Paxil as much as I could. I found
a prescription drugs site with message boards.
On the Paxil message board they kept talking about
"Paxil hell." I was glad that I wasn't
alone, though people weren't describing the withdrawal
that I was suffering.
The site said that Paxil
takes three weeks to get out of your system. I
marked the three-week date on my calendar, anxiously
On the fourth day, I went
back to school. I was slowly recovering from the
vertigo and nausea. But...it felt like I had a
buzzing behind my eyes. I couldn't quite see or
hear it, but it was there. And it was like I was
looking at the world through a veil. I felt detached.
Mentally, I felt okay, though the buzzing and
veil feelings annoyed me.
The buzzing and veil withdrawal
symptoms lasted for three weeks. Then, almost
on the exact day of the end of the three weeks,
they ended. I don't know if that was because of
the placebo affect, because the site was right,
or because I have a very fast metabolism. I was
just glad that it was over. I felt so much better.
In June I was diagnosed
with bipolar disorder. I've had a heck of a ride
since then, but nothing like the horror of Paxil
I've had some anxiety problems
lately and my psychiatrist wanted to put me on
Paxil. He was surprised how vehemently I refused.
He didn't know about the lawsuit yet. I told him
everything I know about it. I hope he doesn't
put anyone else on it. I never want to go on it
again unless all other options are exhausted.
I feel so lucky that I was
able to quit Paxil. Even when I was in the depths
of the withdrawal, I still didn't ever consider
going back on it. It had put me through too much
When I think about my life
since I was diagnosed with depression, the single
event that stands out the most in my mind is the
Paxil withdrawal - even before I found out about
GSK lying about it being addictive. I'm so glad
that I wasn't imagining the symptoms like the
urgent care pediatrician implied. And I hope I
can get a piece of the lawsuit. I want something
for my pain and suffering.
- Tracie, 16 years old,
Au début de novembre 1998,
j'ai souffert d'une dépression. Je me suis
présentée chez mon médecin
de famille qui m'a référée
à l'urgence d'un hôpital près
de chez-moi. J'ai attendu 7 heures avant de voir
le psychiatre de l'hôpital, tout un cauchemar!
Il m'a parlé pendant environ 1 heure pour
enfin me prescrire le fameux Paxil - il m'a prescrit
10mg pour commencer. Les deux premières
semaines du traitement furent extraordinaires,
je flottais, je dormais mieux, mon humeur était
plus stable. Une semaine plus tard, j'ai été
très malade: j'ai eu des vomissements violents
qui ont durés 1 journée, j'ai manqué
une semaine de travail. Je croyais avoir eu un
empoisonnement alimentaire. La semaine suivante,
il m'était de plus en plus difficile de
me lever le matin à un point tel que mon
patron m'a avertie de me ressaisir. Au début
janvier la dose ne faisait plus effet, je me sentais
agitée, anxieuse - sembable à une
droguée en besoin, si ce n'est pas en dépendre,
je me demande comment le fabricant du Paxil appelle
cela. Je me souviens un matin m'être observée
dans la glace et constater que j'étais
"high". Je me disais que c'était
pas normal. Je suis retournée voir mon
médecin qui a augmenté la dose à
20mg. Cette dose m'a assommée: je n'arrivais
plus à me réveiller le matin. Avant
de perdre mon emploi, j'ai décidé
de mettre ce poison à la poubelle. Mais
quelle erreur! Personne m'avait prévenue
de ne jamais faire cela, personne ne m'a prévenue
des effets de sevrage ou des effets secondaires.
Comme vous pouvez deviner, la semaine suivante,
j'ai souffert d'insomnie, j'ai eu des bouffés
de chaleur intenses, et les vomissements se sont
reproduits. Je suis convaincue que les vomissements
ont été causés par le Paxil.
Le pire c'est que lorsque ces vomissements se
sont produits, j'ai appelée mon pharmacien
qui m'a informée que c'était impossible
que le Paxil fasse vomir - j'ai posé la
même question à mon médecin
qui m'a répondue la même chose, effrayant
non?Je ne suis pas retournée voir ce médecin
ni le psychiatre J'étais tellement fâchée
de constater que l'on m'a administrée un
poison sans m'avertir de quoi que ce soit. J'ai
donc décider de consulter un homéopathe
qui, d'après moi, m'a fait beaucoup de
bien. Je peux vous jurer que personne me fera
reprendre aucuns de ces antidépresseurs.
My name is Jeff Kraus (31 years
old) and I live in Toronto, Canada. I just found
out about this site from watching a report on
the canadian French language channel Radio-Canada.
I almost burst into tears watching the report....feeling
that there are people out there who have gone
through this terrible experience and that they
I began taking paxil in 1993 as I was very depressed.
I took the drug for 6 years and decided to discontinue
it the spring of 1999. I had terrible withdrawl
symptoms....severe dizziness, terrible headaches
but worst of all "electric zaps" (terminology
borrowed from the TV report.) My "electric
zaps" were what I would call "gaps"
....literally my limbs would move...but I couldn't
control the movements....I can't even explain
in words what I was experiencing....but I definitely
knew it was something amiss with my neurological
I slowly came off the drug...it was an arduous
experience. I eventually felt normal again...
I thought everything was okay....
Things are not okay. Exactly two and a half
years after having stopped taking paxil....
something has happened to me.
It happened exactly one year ago, November 2001.
I was visiting a friend in Ottawa..and I was
walking down a flight of stairs... I became
so dizzy that I had to reach out for the wall.
Not only that, but the "gaps" returned...my
eyes felt like they were moving around when
they shouldn't...etc.... I suddenly felt like
I had when I was coming off paxil. I couldn't
believe it...two and a half years later! I thought
"this can't be.."...but the first
thing that came to mind was...."Oh no....paxil"
When this terrible thing occurred last November,
the first thing I said to my sister and mother
was "I feel exactly like I did when I was
having terrible withdrawl symptoms coming off
I have felt like this almost every single day
for the past 12 months but I have not taken
paxil since April 1999...
I swear that it has damaged me.
Over the past year I've been to my doctor, a
neurologist, the dentist, optomitrist, and I'm
going to a balance specialist next week. Neither
my doctor or the neurologist listened to me
when I told them about my theory that this maybe
damage from paxil...they hadn't even heard of
such complaints and dismissed this idea completely.
None of the tests have shown anything...at one
point I was hoping they'd find a tumour on my
brain just so I could have an anwer and some
hope. I really thought that I was going crazy.
I don't know if you have any other people who
have experienced such symptoms years after having
stopped....but I am not a liar...and my life
has been a living hell for the past 12 months.
At this point I'm not sure what to do. I can
still function, I work, I exercise...I even
ran a half marathon...but I have consant dizziness
and neurological "gaps" (and that's
not even a good explanation of what I'm feeling.)
I don't know who to go see or what to do. (I
probably will after looking at the site in detail..but
because I just found out about it... I really
needed to write this to you...)