Paxil Side Effects

Paxil Side Effects

Paxil side effects present a daunting and often dramatic set of problems that commonly outweigh any therapeutic benefits. The adverse impacts of Paxil present similar to most of the SSRI antidepressant class of drugs.


Since it is not 100% known how these drugs work, unpredictable results have become the norm. Some drugs will affect people differently than others, and doctors cannot predict when this will occur. 

For this reason, doctors desperate to help their patients often resort to a method of treatment called  "let's-try-this-drug-let's-try-that-drug," conducting their best efforts toward assisting their patients. Unfortunately for the patient, this guesswork method of therapy may create more than solve problems. 

Alternative to Med Uses An Investigative Approach

The Alternative to Meds Center uses the investigative approach to repairing neurochemistry, aimed at reducing and eliminating not only side effects of drugs such as Paxil, but for finding the correct causes for the person's initial symptoms that may have led to seeking medication. We are the one facility in the whole world that uses this approach. 

Our facility utilizes lab testing and other tools to find out vital information on a person's neurochemistry, deficiencies, toxic load, and other anomalies that could be contributing to the person's symptoms. Then, using holistic treatments, these are addressed in logical sequence, allowing the person to improve sleep, appetite and general health, before progressing to a safe and gentle taper. Find out more as you read below.

Special Notes on Serotonin Syndrome

Antidepressant drugs such as Paxil and many others in the same (SSRI) class can create what is called serotonin syndrome. Since this condition is potentially life-threatening, we are describing it as clearly as possible here for information purposes.  

A favorite tv show based on real law cases aired in 1990 and its very first episode showcased the true story death of a New York hospital patient who died of serotonin syndrome. The victim's family sued the hospital for malpractice due in part to overworked interns making wrong decisions. However, the actual condition that the patient died of was more or less swept to the side, leaving the pharmaceutical company's liability outside the reach of any courtroom. 

The moral of this story is perhaps that persons taking such antidepressant drugs need to thoroughly inform themselves as much as possible, as their health ultimately resides in their own hands.   

Serotonin syndrome occurs when too much serotonin is present in the CNS. Antidepressants can cause the syndrome within minutes or hours of taking the drug, so it would be prudent to learn about the condition.  Due to the drug's function of blocking reuptake, the serotonin is forced to build up in the synapses which overstimulates the CNS and can be fatal. 

Serotonin syndrome presents multiple symptoms. These include muscle spasms or rigid muscles, tremors, shivering, tachycardia (racing heartbeat at rest), irregular heartbeat, a spike in blood pressure, hallucinations, overactive reflexes, jerking, coma, seizure, nausea, vomiting, disorientation, confusion, diarrhea, anxiety, irritability and dilated pupils. If not treated immediately the condition can lead to total unresponsiveness and death.   

Serotonin Deficiency and Antidepressant Drugs

Another liability of antidepressants is that once the serotonin is forced out into the synapse, it degrades and becomes inert. This  leads to lack of adequate serotonin because the body cannot compensate, causing: 

  • Insomnia
  • Asthenia (sudden weakness, loss of strength)
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea, constipation, diarrhea
  • Aggravated depression
  • Dizziness
  • Amnesia-Sweating
  • Rash
  • Unusual or disturbing dreams
  • Loss of libido
  • Coughing, chest pain
  • Respiratory tract infection

Where to Find Help 

The Alternative to Meds Center understands the severity of suffering from depression and medication side effects. There are other Paxil withdrawal treatment options that you may want to consider to regain your health. Contact us today and find out more about our programs, and how you or your loved one can find the relief that you seek from Paxil side effects. 


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