Paxil and Neurological (Brain) Damage
The overwhelming view of independent medical experts and regulatory bodies around the world who have seen the data, is that Seroxat has a well established safety profile and is an effective treatment with experience in tens of millions of patients worldwide since launch in the UK over ten years ago.
According to Harvard psychiatrist, professor and best-selling author Dr. Joseph Glenmullen in his book Prozac Backlash:
“In recent years the danger of long-term side effects has emerged in association with Prozac-type drugs, making it imperative to minimize one’s exposure to them.”
“Neurological disorders including disfiguring facial and whole body tics, indicating potential brain damage, are an increasing concern with patients on these drugs.”
“In the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV), the mental health professional’s diagnostic bible, a specific category was added recognizing these antidepressant movement disorders.”
“With related drugs targeting serotonin, there is evidence they may effect a ‘chemical lobotomy’ by destroying the nerve endings that they target in the brain.”
“A final, serious concern with these neurological side effects is silent brain damage occurring in patients who do not develop overt symptoms.”
“Will silent damage caused by a serotonin booster accelerate the aging process and make some people more prone to develop neurological symptoms later in life?”
“Will someone who has been on a serotonin booster for a decade in (their) twenties be prone to prematurely develop neurological conditions — senile tics, gait disturbances, memory loss, personality changes, or dementia — because of silent damage sustained years earlier while on the drug?”
If you haven’t read Prozac Backlash do yourself and your health a huge favor. Do not start taking Paxil or a similar drug — or let too many prescription refills go by — before you read this book. It will turn upside down everything you think you know, or have heard about from the mainstream media (and perhaps even your physician) regarding the safety of this class of drugs. You’ll find similar alarm bells going off in additional books listed at the Paxil Protest "books to read" section.
Also see Dr. Glenmullen's web site.
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If you, or someone you know, developed neurological problems subsequent to use of Paxil, please report it immediately to the United States Food and Drug Administration. This is one way consumer leverage can be applied to GlaxoSmithKline; eventually this official documentation will compel the company to fully disclose the "adverse side effects" of Paxil. You can report your side effects at: MedWatch.