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Quote from Chantel2003:
Hi Jennita:)

Well the way I see it, this disorder has stolen 9 yrs of my life. my youngest child is 9. i have a 12 yr old who hardly remembers me "normal" and a 16 yr odl with same problems. Right now I need my life back. I want some time with my kids and I need to work. so i will worry about long term affects and addiciton later on in life. I spent 7 years OFF meds. I just got on them 2 years ago. I began with occassionaly ativan for racing heart. then sept 2002 my mom was UNEXPECTENTDLY diagnosed terminal...so i went on paxil till jan.2003 when she died it got me through her funeral but i kept getting worse so i switched to lexapro and occassional xanax, which as of right now has been my "Life Saver."
Thanks tho for the info.
Lexi
Part of the article concerning breast cancer:


Dr. Cotterchio said that, more than anything, more research is needed, particularly on the link between SSRIs and cancer. "From a public health point of view, SSRIs are a much greater concern than tricyclics because so many people take these drugs," she said.

Allan Steingart, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto who also has a busy clinical practice, said that SSRIs are endocrine disruptors, and they can alter estrogen levels. Side effects include changes in breast cancer density, lactation in women who are not pregnant and sexual dysfunction.

A list of antidepressant drugs that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer was derived from two separate studies. Drugs are by chemical name, followed by examples of brand names.

Increased risk
Tricyclic antidepressants
Amoxapine - Asendin
Clomipramine - Anafranil
Desipramine - Norpramin
Trimipramine - Surmontil, Rhotrimine

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
Paroxetine - Paxil

No increased risk
Tricyclic antidepressants
Amitriptyline - Elavil
Maprotiline - Ludiomil
Nortriptyline - Aventyl
Protriptyline - Triptil

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
Sertraline - Zoloft
Fluoxetine - Prozac

-* Note: Studies of the drugs doxepin and imipramine produced conflicting results.

Source: British Journal of Cancer, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, American Journal of Epidemiology, Cancer Care Ontario
Hi again Jennita,

My doctor thinks I was allergic to ppi's(stomach meds like Nexium) or the combination of Didrex(diet pill) with the ppi. I had also just started taking Paxil too. I was only on day 4. Not sure if that had anything to do with it. Maybe taking an upper and a downer at the same time? Which by the way was okay with the doctor I USED to go too.

I know you are trying to help out and I am also trying to be causious myself. Before we even started talking, I was already lowering my Klonopin. My doctor now wants me to wean myself off completely. I've been pretty tired lately and he thinks that is what's causing it. I've only been taking Klonopin for about 2 months now and I only take 1mg a day. So I'm being very careful.

The funny thing is......I was on Paxil for a year about 5 years ago, and never had any side effects what so ever. Now, my stomach is so sensitive to anything I take. Even a tylenol. But I do have ulcers too, so I think that has alot to do with it.

Anyway, thanks for the info and have a good night:)

Chantel :angel:
I hear you. Some docs like your old one don't give much thought about the possible risks from drugs they prescribe.

Allergies are always a possibiltiy, but also it could be that these types of psychoactive drugs do things to some people if improperly mixed or prescribed.

The diet pill, you are correct, is an upper like amphetamines; Paxil with it could have been another problem, since it is sort of an upper too (serotonin is an excitatory neurotransmitter). Also, serotonin drugs also include LSD and extascy. The combo probably isn't so good....is that what caused you to hallucienate? I wouldn't be surprised. The diet drug alone could also do that. I don't think Nexium was a culprit, but who knows these days the way the churn out new drugs so fast. I'm not really familiar with it. I think I'd look up the prescribing info anyway.

Also, as far as the time you took Paxil with no side effects, that could be true but many times side effects go un-noticed or more frequently, blamed or assumed as cause by something else other than the drug. So it's usually up to the patient to dig into the PDF's and also to not readily assume other causes, because unless a serious, sudden drug reaction occurs, the doctors' usually are oblivious to most of it! :yawn:
Speaking of which, here's something you might be interested in, since you took Paxil for 5 years "with no side effects", and you say you have ulcers now. Well, several times in the Paxil PDF ulcers are mentioned. Once you get ulcers, sometimes they never go away. Some people think side effects go away after discontinuation, but some resulting damages can last.

I know there can be other causes of ulcers, or Paxil may not have caused them for you; however, it is a strong possibility. I always tell people there is a price to these feel good drugs to a person's health but nobody believes it despite all the warnings even from the drug manufacturer, who has to disclose these things or risk lawsuits for not providing full disclosure. They don't do it out of compassion, that's for sure.

The sections of the Paxil PDF below mentioning ulcers; I put *'s around them so it's easier to find. Also, notice alot of other stomach ailments Paxil can cause. Again, these are the type of things that can be long lasting or permanent.

If you think Paxil wrecked your stomach, you can't sue because the drug companies already disclosued these warnings and since the drugs are FDA approved for certain conditions, if you had that condition and were prescribed the drug, nothing illegal has been done, right? Besides, since there can be other causes of ulcers, nothing really can be absolutely proven, reasonable doubt will win. Anyway, here's the section:

Other Events Observed During the Premarketing Evaluation of PAXIL:

Body as a Whole: Infrequent: Allergic reaction, chills, face edema, malaise, neck pain; rare: Adrenergic syndrome, cellulitis, moniliasis, neck rigidity, pelvic pain, peritonitis, sepsis, 835 *ulcer*. 836

Digestive System: Infrequent: Bruxism, colitis, dysphagia, eructation, gastritis,
gastroenteritis, gingivitis, glossitis, increased salivation, liver function tests abnormal, rectal 844 hemorrhage, *ulcerative stomatitis*; rare: Aphthous stomatitis, bloody diarrhea, bulimia, 845 cardiospasm, cholelithiasis, duodenitis, enteritis, esophagitis, fecal impactions, fecal 846 incontinence, gum hemorrhage, hematemesis, hepatitis, ileitis, ileus, intestinal obstruction, 847 jaundice, melena, mouth ulceration, *peptic ulcer*, salivary gland enlargement, sialadenitis, 848 *stomach ulcer*, stomatitis, tongue discoloration, tongue edema, tooth caries. 849
Quote from Jennita:
Speaking of which, here's something you might be interested in, since you took Paxil for 5 years "with no side effects", and you say you have ulcers now. Well, several times in the Paxil PDF ulcers are mentioned. Once you get ulcers, sometimes they never go away. Some people think side effects go away after discontinuation, but some resulting damages can last.

I know there can be other causes of ulcers, or Paxil may not have caused them for you; however, it is a strong possibility. I always tell people there is a price to these feel good drugs to a person's health but nobody believes it despite all the warnings even from the drug manufacturer, who has to disclose these things or risk lawsuits for not providing full disclosure. They don't do it out of compassion, that's for sure.

The sections of the Paxil PDF below mentioning ulcers; I put *'s around them so it's easier to find. Also, notice alot of other stomach ailments Paxil can cause. Again, these are the type of things that can be long lasting or permanent.

If you think Paxil wrecked your stomach, you can't sue because the drug companies already disclosued these warnings and since the drugs are FDA approved for certain conditions, if you had that condition and were prescribed the drug, nothing illegal has been done, right? Besides, since there can be other causes of ulcers, nothing really can be absolutely proven, reasonable doubt will win. Anyway, here's the section:

Other Events Observed During the Premarketing Evaluation of PAXIL:

Body as a Whole: Infrequent: Allergic reaction, chills, face edema, malaise, neck pain; rare: Adrenergic syndrome, cellulitis, moniliasis, neck rigidity, pelvic pain, peritonitis, sepsis, 835 *ulcer*. 836

Digestive System: Infrequent: Bruxism, colitis, dysphagia, eructation, gastritis,
gastroenteritis, gingivitis, glossitis, increased salivation, liver function tests abnormal, rectal 844 hemorrhage, *ulcerative stomatitis*; rare: Aphthous stomatitis, bloody diarrhea, bulimia, 845 cardiospasm, cholelithiasis, duodenitis, enteritis, esophagitis, fecal impactions, fecal 846 incontinence, gum hemorrhage, hematemesis, hepatitis, ileitis, ileus, intestinal obstruction, 847 jaundice, melena, mouth ulceration, *peptic ulcer*, salivary gland enlargement, sialadenitis, 848 *stomach ulcer*, stomatitis, tongue discoloration, tongue edema, tooth caries. 849



Yep, I already did research on it, lol. Just to let you know, I was only on Paxil for 1 year, and that was 5 years ago. I definitely would not stay on it that long. But, I agree I could have gotten the ulcers from it. I think it may have been from alcheselzer cold(sp?) tabs that you desolve in water though. I used to take them almost every day and then all of a sudden they said it could mess up the lining of your stomach and cause ulcers. I guess it was a little too late for me. Who knows what caused it. All I know is that I want to get better. I feel like a robot. Taking these drugs every day. I just want to me normal again:(

The doctor told me to stop Klonopin(1mg). How do you feel about stopping this all at once? I've been on it for 2 months now. I've already cut back from 2mg to 1mg a day, but I am still very tired during the day. I can sleep for like 12 or more hours sometimes and I really hate that. He thinks it's the klonopin causing the sleepiness since my 10mg Lexapro is finally kicking in.

Well, talk to you later hun:)

Chantel :angel: