Addiction and Other Dangerous Side-Effects of the Antidepressant PaxilPaxil is an SSRI antidepressant drug used to treat conditions such as depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. Although most drugs have minor side-effects, the side-effects of Paxil can be completely debilitating. Some, like addiction, are long-term effects that can hinder your enjoyment, career, and those around you.
These are just a few of Paxil’s more debilitating side-effects.
- New or worsening depression
- Thinking about harming or killing yourself, or planning or trying to do so
- Extreme worry
- Panic attacks
- Aggressive behavior
- Acting without thinking
- Severe restlessness
- Frenzied abnormal excitement
In 2005, people from all over the United States and Canada gathered outside the GlaxoSmithKline U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia to protest the drug Paxil. Protesters included victims of Paxil’s addictiveness or families of those who have suffered side-effects of the drug. The protestors claimed that GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Paxil, should be held accountable for continuing to make such a dangerous drug.
"Paxil withdrawal symptoms can be so severe and protracted it requires an almost superhuman strength to endure them," Robinson said. "Not surprisingly, some people cannot, and as a consequence commit suicide. Others victims have resumed use of Paxil to escape withdrawal symptoms, but will have to take the drug for the rest of their lives whether they want to or not. In other words, they've become lifetime Paxil addicts," says Rob Robinson, the organizer of the protest. Robinson is a victim of Paxil’s side-effects himself (AHRP).
In 2001, the World Health Organization reported that Paxil is the number one most difficult antidepressant to quit due to symptoms brought on by severe withdrawal (BBC News). One doctor in the UK was quoted as saying that “heroin would have been easier to wean off and recover from [than Paxil],” (AHRP).
Those suffering from extreme adverse side-effects of Paxil, like the ones listed above, but cannot stop using the drug because of its addictiveness, can suffer additional life-style effects such as:
- Job loss, or inability to work
- Long-term pain and suffering
- Inability to pursue a desired career
Paxil victims and their families are entitled to compensation for losses incurred by the dangerous side-effects of Paxil. Those that suffer long-term effects from taking Paxil have every right to seek out legal action against the drug’s manufacture, GlaxoSmithKline. The experienced attorneys at Weitz & Luxenberg can assist you in these cases.