Paxil is an antidepressant drug belonging to the class of SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor).
A significant number of people taking Paxil have learned that stopping this drug can cause quite distressing physical and psychological symptoms (see Side Effects). As a result, a number of these victims have banded together and filed a class action lawsuit in California. This lawsuit alleges that Glaxo SmithKline has known for years the distinct characteristics of Paxil which make it prone to cause withdrawal reactions when discontinued. According to World Health Organization data, Paxil has the highest incidence rate of withdrawal adverse experiences of any antidepressant in the world.
While Glaxo SmithKline (GSK), the manufacturer of Paxil, provides an abundance of information to the public and medical community about the alleged positive aspects of its drug, (through advertising on television and in newspapers and magazines, promotional material provided to doctors, sponsorship of studies, medical meetings and seminars, substantial donations to mental health groups and organizations, government lobbying efforts, etc.), this site provides a collection of information and links not readily available to the public. Why isn’t the information presented on this website more well known? Because the manufacturer of Paxil (as well as the other manufacturers of SSRIs), wants it that way. If asked, GSK might well tell you that, if people were told the truth about Paxil’s potential to produce severe adverse reactions (including withdrawal reactions), these individuals -- who might have benefited from taking the drug -- would be scared away from taking it, to their own detriment. It is up to you, not GSK, to decide what is best for you AFTER full disclosure about the possible side effects of this drug.
We live in a world deluged with marketing of various products. In this current climate, consumers must keep themselves informed in order to protect themselves from over-zealous marketing campaigns. Consumers should be given both sides (“fair balance”) of the information regarding Paxil in order to make an informed choice about their lives and their health. This site gives you the “other” side of Paxil and, by comparing it to GSK information, it is hoped that a fair balance will be achieved.
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