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Paxil Tapering

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Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Paxil tapering must be done meticulously and under careful guidance due to the horrendous reactions that can occur when weaning off Paxil is done incorrectly. Equally important, every person’s own heartwrenching story must be listened to and resolved with an individually tailored program.

Being prescribed antidepressants like Paxil, even if it seemed the only option possible during a time of demonstrable crisis, does not mean it was the correct option, nor that a lifetime of being medicated is warranted.

Is it time to seek tapering treatment?

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Alternative to Meds has been primarily invested in medication tapering such as Paxil titration for over 15 years. Using Holistic and Environmental Medicine, we have published evidence demonstrating that over 77% of people weaning off antidepressant medication and replacing them with a more healthfully designed lifestyle, and other holistic applications perform symptomatically better than while medicated.
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Reasons to Consider Paxil Tapering Treatment

There are many reasons for a person to consider Paxil tapering treatment, such as:

  1. Since Paxil is an antidepressant in the SSRI class, the drug is designed to block serotonin reabsorption. Consequently, the suspended serotonin molecules will eventually begin to degrade and become inert, unable to function. Continuing to add an SSRI into the body is a bit like stepping on the accelerator when the gas tank is nearly empty. The result can lead to worsening symptoms, and subsequently opting to begin Paxil tapering. Importantly, of all antidepressants available at this time Paxil is the most aggressive transporter of the neurochemical serotonin. Neither drugmakers nor doctors will claim to know exactly how the drug works. Nonetheless, this potent drug has been shown to have extremely strong negative impacts on many areas of health as it exhausts serotonin levels in the CNS.1
  2. The DSM 5 is the most recent version of the diagnostic manual at this writing, and it is noted therein that prescribing criteria for Paxil and similar antidepressants has been corrected and updated from previous errors. These changes reflect a change in direction in many cases, so that Paxil may not be suitable for the treatment of certain disorders as was previously recommended. Anyone researching Paxil tapering options may be well-advised to be aware of these updates.2
  3. Early studies and FDA warnings have shown that Paxil side effects can be harsh and difficult to tolerate.3
  4. A Canadian study has shown a 620% rise in the occurrence of breast cancer in women taking Paxil.1
  5. The global antidepressant market is a $16 Billion (USD) industry,4 whose profits are founded on products that don’t actually cure anything. To the contrary, for example, detrimental effects on male fertility which were not reported in clinical trials but were shown in later studies are also a concern for men taking Paxil.1
  6. It is well-documented that in Paxil users, including children and young adults, the incidence of akathisia, suicidality, aggression, and hostility have garnered considerable concern from both the medical community and the general population as well. A person taking Paxil can learn more about the side-effects of the drug to help understand that symptoms of poor health ought to be considered as being quite distinct from the common side effects of antidepressant drugs. Often this differentiation becomes blurred.1
  7. Paxil is associated with autism, birth defects, sexual impairment, cognitive impairment in elderly persons, and a long long list of other negative effects that may lead to the decision to wean off Paxil.1

Paxil Titration – Important FDA WARNINGS 5

The FDA and other regulatory and oversight bodies warn those attempting to wean off Paxil that they should engage in stopping Paxil very slowly to avoid dangerous and even life-threatening effects.3,5

paxil weaning helpIt has been shown that the longer a person takes SSRI medications such as Paxil, the more intense the symptoms from Paxil titration may be. Typically, physicians, who are not trained at all in mental health or Paxil tapering protocols, continue to prescribe antidepressant drugs for extended periods of time, even for years. As serotonin stores are not increased by these drugs, but only exhausted over time, increasing the dosage is the norm. Consequently, any remaining serotonin can be aggressively purged through the delicate CNS (central nervous system) channels. But eventually, antidepressant medication can no longer function as a numbing agent. This can introduce more intense side effects, and a patient may do well to learn more about how to wean off Paxil correctly, rather than continue to try to live with the increasingly harsh side effects.

Problems with how to taper off Paxil commonly emerge where patient guidance is less than adequate, and unfortunately, doctors are not as adept at helping a person getting off Paxil as they ought to be. This is because physicians receive no training whatsoever in administering Paxil tapering, or medication titration in general beyond the broad brush-stroke approach of reducing by 10% per week that is mentioned on the FDA label.

Extant medical training simply does not cover the many nuances of caring for a patient during Paxil tapering adequately. This has seen a rise in bloggers and online forums and even drug-company-sponsored “advice” sites springing up that attempt to fill in the gaps of trying to quit Paxil or other antidepressant medications. Anonymous sources of pseudo-advice proffer an outrageous and even dangerous assortment of DIY methods, ranging from randomly substituting hallucinogens or other street drugs to using a “cold turkey” approach while adding to keep a bottle of Scotch near to hand.

There is a better way to safely and comfortably administer a successful Paxil tapering program.

Alternative to Meds Center Paxil Tapering Help – A Comprehensive Program

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For a decade and a half now, thousands of clients have come to the Alternative to Meds Center for an in-patient program designed to assist with weaning off Paxil and other medications in a safe and truly comfortable manner. Our physicians are completely versed in how to taper Paxil and other drugs in a holistic, nurturing setting that allows for constant oversight, flanked by a wide range of helpful treatment options that can significantly reduce or eliminate the otherwise harsh and intolerable symptoms that can arise when trying to quit Paxil.

Reducing or Eliminating the Root Cause is Paramount

Of prime importance, there is nothing humane about taking someone off a medication where you do not also help them reduce or eliminate the root cause of their original symptoms. The unwanted and lingering depression, insomnia, or other problems are what possibly led to starting a prescription drug in the first place. Giving a patient an aspirin when a little investigative work could have discovered that their migraines are due to dehydration or elevated blood sugar cannot be considered anything close to comprehensive or optimum treatment.

holistic treatment methodsAntidepressants have been around for many many decades, and in today’s world, much more understanding is available. We have more knowledge today than ever before about the complexity of the human microbiome, natural and healthy neurochemistry, basic nutritional needs, as well as the potential harm that neurotoxins inflict, and more. All this knowledge can be utilized and integrated into much superior medical options than simply drugging or numbing the patient.

Please contact Alternative to Meds Center for much more detailed information about how our antidepressant tapering programs are designed. The aim and focus of programs delivered at the center are founded on getting to the root causes of troubling symptoms. Symptoms are critical signposts and there is no long-term success by simply attempting to mask these with drugs. Medications can be unnecessarily harsh, aggressive, and invasive and may not always be tolerated for meaningful or long-term treatment.

If you have been suffering from unwanted symptoms for which Paxil or other medications did not provide relief, contact us. We invite you to find out about this opportunity for effective and compassionate help within the context of improving natural mental health. The Alternative to Meds Center wants to help you with Paxil tapering and improving quality of life, drug-free, from here on out.


1. Nevels R, Gontkovsky S, Williams B, “Paroxetine the Antidepressant From Hell? Probably Not But Caution Required” US National Library of Medicine [INTERNET] 2016 Mar 1 [cited 2019 Sep 12]

2 . Depressive Disorders update, American Psychiatric Association 2017 [INTERNET] 2016 Sep [cited 2019 Sep 12]

3. “Withdrawal from Paroxetine Can Be Severe Warns FDA” NIMH [INTERNET] 2002 Feb 2 [cited 2019 Sep 12]

4. “Global Depression Drug Market Poised to Surge from USD $14.5 Billion to USD $16.8 Billion in 2020” article, Market Research Store [INTERNET] 2016 May [cited 2019 Sep 12]

5. FDA label Paxil (lines 583-616)



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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