SSRI drugs, such as Paxil or its generic drug name, paraoxetine, have become some of the most widely prescribed medications both in the US and across the world. Market research shows that what has been called the “depression drug market” is set to surge yet again, from $14 billion in 2014 to well over $16 billion in 2020 in the US alone.
For many reasons, it behooves anyone searching for remedies for depression or other undesired symptoms to be as diligent as possible in selecting those methods of treatment which are least harmful, and optimally, non-addictive or not causing prescription drug dependence. Perhaps the best way to help the process of making such important decisions on health-related matters is to search out information from a wide variety of sources, ask questions, and satisfy all questions before embarking on a particular course of treatment.
You may be presently looking for the very first time for natural mental health treatments, or perhaps seeking ways to safely walk back from treatments that did not produce the desired results. There may be unanswered questions as to why a condition like depression got worse on a prescription drug treatment, or why other symptoms began to present.
The information offered here may provide some starting points for an important health quest of acquiring more knowledge, such as finding out more about Paxil side effects, what occurs during withdrawal, and other frequently asked questions.
Paxil (paraoxetine) is used in the treatment of various conditions, as shown below. Over the years since its arrival to market, some decades ago, this SSRI antidepressant drug has received FDA approval for treating multiple conditions or disorders.
A cautionary note: The specific criteria for certain of these conditions has been recently corrected or revised, for which SSRI’s have been one of the medications routinely prescribed. If you have questions about your prescription, or your diagnosis, be sure to ask your primary caregiver or physician for more information.
Paraoxetine, the generic name for Paxil, is also sold under various trade names such as Pexeva, Aropax, Seroxat, Sereupin, Brisdelle.
Paxil is not known as a popularized street drug. However, illegal labs and diversion could be possible sources that could end up on the street. Many prescription drugs have been found when analyzing illicit concoctions, designer type drugs, drugs sold as “ecstasy”, etc.
Before beginning a prescription of Paxil (paraoxetine) it would be advisable to discuss side effects with your prescribing physician. Here are some important points to consider in regards to side effects that could be encountered:
Those coming off Paxil (paraoxetine) may experience some moderate to extremely severe withdrawal symptoms, such as:
Paxil is an SSRI with a relatively short half-life, meaning that withdrawal symptoms can onset or escalate more quickly, and can be more severe than certain other drugs with a longer half-life.
The length of time the drug was taken can also affect the duration of withdrawal or discontinuation syndrome. Many people opt for residential inpatient care to make sure the experience is as tolerable and comfortable as possible, and to ensure there will be no relapse due to emerging symptoms that otherwise could be impossible to tolerate.
The most common reason people give for wanting to discontinue Paxil is the feeling that they can no longer tolerate the side effects. In the beginning of a treatment phase, certain side effects might be temporarily acceptable, such as sexual side effects or headaches. But there commonly comes a time when it becomes clearly undesirable to continue taking Paxil, as the negative effects begin to outweigh any benefits.
However, as stated above, withdrawal from the drug may introduce its own set of adverse feelings and reactions which can be severe.
Please be careful to never abruptly stop taking Paxil, or try to taper the drug too quickly. The safest approach is to seek medical guidance and direction for a slow cessation with adequate support as you go through the process.
The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about Paxil (paraoxetine) which may help you as you gather the information you most need. Please request further information if your questions are not answered adequately here.
SSRI medications can produce significant negative impacts on health. Mental health treatment need not be confused with addiction programs which may be strongly focused on morality or philosophical teaching. Thankfully, there are multitudes of effective, easy to tolerate, physical therapies and procedures which can be profoundly useful in making withdrawal easier and recovery more comfortable than expected.
Dealing with the challenges of cessation and other factors while health in general is compromised may suggest that inpatient care would provide the safest and most comfortable treatment choice.
Recent DSM revisions had to do with diagnosing psychiatric disorders. A distinct change was pointing out the importance of discerning whether a set of symptoms is caused by a physical or medical condition. Physical causation here can include ingesting a street drug. Medical causation might include low sodium. This is profoundly important information for caregivers and physicians so that a patient can request that their primary caregiver or physician rule out such causes of symptoms before mechanically diagnosing a psychiatric illness, followed by mechanically prescribing Paxil or any psychiatric medication, perhaps unnecessarily. (1)
This parallels the methodologies used in our treatment facility. For example, the practice of using diagnostic lab testing is one of the most helpful features of our withdrawal program. Where deficiencies exist in vitamins, i.e., vitamin D or minerals, the lack of exercise, or the presence of neurotoxins, these can be corrected directly. The effectiveness of these corrective methods is well-documented. One of the processes we offer is called holistic neurotransmitter replacement therapy. This is where we support the normal biophysical synthesis of neurotransmitters without the use of drugs.
Even some genetic factors, if tested for and discovered, can be mitigated to successfully aid in the withdrawal process. Our goal is to enable those recovering after medication withdrawal to regain natural mental health. Prescription drugs typically cannot fix but only mask the problem temporarily. We have much more information we can share with you on request on our non-harmful and drug-free therapies, safe taper programs, and methods designed for achieving mental health naturally.
Dr Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.