Paxil Alternatives


Paxil AlternativesSearching for an alternative to Paxil?

You’re in luck! Fortunately, there’s no shortage of Paxil alternatives. In fact, many alternatives to Paxil are readily available, without the potential side effects or withdrawal problems so commonly associated with Paxil.

Most of the people taking Paxil were originally diagnosed with either depression(40%) or anxiety (48%) according to one poll of over 8000 users. This page on Paxil alternatives will focus exclusively on these two maladies.

First of all, if you’re searching for an alternative to Paxil, then most likely you’re either thinking about taking it, or else you’re already on it.

Let’s break down the various scenarios.

(1) You’ve heard of Paxil and want more info before you start taking it. Great! Here’s a few pages to get you started -

While Paxil is considered by many to be the most effective antidepressant in masking the symptoms of depression, it also has the most side effects, as well as the worse withdrawal symptoms (with Effexor running a close second).

(2) You know you need something, but you know enough about Paxil to stay away from it. You’re looking for an alternative. Congratulations! You’ll be the envy of many who read this!

(3) You’re taking Paxil but the side effects are too painful or else it isn’t working anymore (or never did). No surprise here. With over 450 side effects to choose from, Paxil offers a real smorgasbord of pain and suffering. Anxietyand depression are both side effects of taking Paxil!

Also, according to confidential company documents of GlaxoSmithKline (the maker of Paxil), results of the company’s own clinical trials show that the drug increases the risk of suicide.





The results show that about one out of every 60 people on Paxil attempt to commit suicide, compared with one out of every 550 people taking a placebo. This means that the risk of committing suicide while on Paxil is nine or 10 times greater than the risk on a sugar pill.

This information was broadcast last year by BBC, (the British Broadcasting Company) which subsequently received close to 1,400 e-mail reports and over 5,000 telephone calls mostly from people who had suffered drug withdrawal symptoms and thought they were alone.

Taking Paxil is risky business.

So what are the Paxil alternatives?

The alternatives to Paxil for depression.

Here’s a list of seven actions you can take to help relieve your depression instead of taking Paxil:

      • The following substances all lower the level of serotonin in the brain by impairing the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin. Consider reducing them, as appropriate.(1) Cigarette smoking
        (2) Alcohol abuse
        (3) High sugar consumption
        (4) Over-consumption of protein
      • Exercise regularly. More than a worn-out cliche, over one hundred clinical studies have demonstrated regular exercise to be at least as effective as antidepressants in fighting depression.
      • Change your mindset. The vast majority of depressed people are pessimists. Optimists very rarely get depressed.
      • Consider taking quality nutritional supplements. Almost every depressed person has some sort of nutritional deficiency. Almost any nutrient, if lacking in the body, can lead to impaired brain function and depression. The most common are folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acids.
      • Consider a natural antidepressant such as 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) or a botanical such as St. John’s Wort. Caution: before taking St. John’s Wort as a Paxil alternative, notify your doctor. Taking Paxil along with St. John’s Wort can lead to an excess of serotonin.
      • Check for hypothyroidism (low thyroid gland function). Depression and hypothyroidism often go hand in hand. Interestingly, one of the best things you can do for hypothyroidism is to exercise regularly.
      • Develop a daily relaxation, meditation, or visualization program.The alternatives to Paxil for anxiety.
        • A common denominator of all who suffer from anxiety is elevated blood levels of lactate. Also, the ratio of lactic acid to pyruvic acid is higher in anxious people. An excess of lactate and lactic acid are caused by:(1) Caffeine (studies have shown that simply eliminating coffee can sharply reduce anxiety in most people.)
          (2) Alcohol
          (3) Sugar
          (4) Deficiencies of the B vitamins niacin, pyridoxine, and thiamin.
          (5) Deficiencies of calcium or magnesium.
          (6) Food allergies.
        • Consider taking kava as a natural Paxil alternative.
        • Read about the underlying emotional and mental causes of anxiety on the anxiety page.

The options considered here are starting points. Many alternatives to Paxil exist, and you don’t have to suffer from the effects of Paxil.





Caution: If you are currently taking Paxil, do not stop taking it without consulting your doctor. Many users experience severe withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit Paxil.

Consult your doctor before engaging in these Paxil alternatives!

It’s also important to understand the underlying causes that would lead someone to such a painful place.

I almost feel guilty because my life has become so enjoyable and so easy. Especially since I remember how miserable I used to be.

Basically it comes down to making one slight shift in what you do everyday, and you can watch in amazement as your life slowly begins to start working out in almost every way.

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6 thoughts on “Paxil Alternatives

  1. I actually blog also and I am writing a thing very close to this excellent blog post,
    “Paxil Alternatives That Work”

    • Mark Myhre on said:

      Sorry you feel this way.

      However, I do not believe that becoming an optimist will help much with depression. Actually, I don’t think it’s possible to become an optimist without a lot of work and practice, and if you’re depressed that’s not going to happen.

      I can only guess that your reference to optimism is a guess on what I’m talking about when I said that I made one slight shift and things started to work out.

      But my shift has nothing to do with my level of expectation, even though expectation is vitally important.

      No, my one slight shift involves my relationship with my emotions.

      Basically, I started seeing them as the solution rather than the problem. That’s the big picture view. There’s still a lot of details involved.

  2. I like this page, but anxiety and depression cannot just be cured by “being optimistic”. And these natural alternatives may work well for those without clinical depression/anxiety. Not sure anyone wants to take hard psychoactive drugs. For those that need them, make an effort to also get yourself some type of spiritual help. You really need to be an active part of your own solution.

  3. Jayne Craig on said:

    The more optimistic I have become the less depressed I am and I have lost weight also due to this new way of thinking. I will always be somewhat depressed due to a traumatic brain injury, but I don’t want to take drugs any more.

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