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Re: Paxil induced mania, and psycosis

Posted by Jen Bridges on April 21, 2000, at 18:18:03

In reply to Re: Paxil induced mania, and psycosis, posted by Scott L. Schofield on January 14, 2000, at 8:42:41

>My sister is involved in a class-action lawsuit right now because of her multiple suicide attempts due to Paxil-induced psychosis. Do you want more information?
> Anyone out there willing to help me put together a
> > class action lawsuit?
>
> If you are thinking of launching a law-suite, you may want to start with your prescribing physician.
>
> SmithKline Beecham, the drug manufacture, clearly states in its literature regarding Paxil (paroxetine) that a manic reaction is a possible side-effect.
>
>
> > I was not informed about the possibility of mania on SSRI's
> > I was out of control on Paxil, and did not know it.
> > Lost my job, and my fiancee due to my changed behavior
> > while on this drug. Lost innocence as well.
>
> Did you see a psychiatrist during this manic period? If so, how often or how many times did he see you while you were in this state? Actually, your description of your experiences seems more like hypomania (a less severe form of mania that still allows function, and at times, hyperfunction) rather than full-blown or psychotic mania. Diagnosing and recognizing depression is pretty easy. The patient complains that he/she feels like crap and that they may want to end it all. On the other hand, hypomania can be more difficult to identify. The patient will describe that everything is wonderfully great. If this hypomania occurs during treatment with antidepressants, it may look to both doctor and patient alike that this bright outlook is simply the clinical response expected. Additionally, a patient may behave differently during a doctor's visit in his office than they do outside the office. I think it might be a good idea for a psychiatrist to regularly screen for mania through interview as they do for depression.
>
> I just read an abstract that concluded that most psychiatrists are not trained well enough to recognize the milder forms of mania. This can lead to inadequate or harmful treatment.
>
> > Want my life back!!!!!
> > I deserved BETTER.
>
> Ditto.
>
> > Learning new facts everyday on the net. Lot's of people
> > like me. If you became destructive on an SSRI, I
> > would like to hear from you.
>
>
>
> - Scott


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