Paxil Addiction? Controversial Issue with Differing Opinions

The manufacturers of Paxil contend that a Paxil addiction is not possible because this medication is not physically addictive. Many lawsuits, however, such as the 2004 complaint brought forward by Vickie McCarthy, counter with claims that this SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) anti-depressant is addictive.

In order to keep pace with addiction developments, substance abuse professionals employ a range of statistical methods to track changes and variances in drug use. Search frequency research is one method in this pursuit. The following graphs represent an analysis of the query results for phrases involving the word Paxil over a one-year period, as well as related phrases.

Side Effects of Paxil – Extremely Well Searched

The side effects of Paxil can include a wide range of symptoms, such as decreased sexual activity, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, increased sweating, nausea, trembling and dryness of mouth. The three most commonly searched phrases which reflect the public’s curiousity about this topic, “Paxil side”, “side effects of Paxil”, and “side effects Paxil”, show the prevalence of this concern with hundreds of thousands of searches (see Graph 1 below).

This contrasts other SSRI anti-depressants studies presented on this website, where the concentration of queries involves the purchase of the medication (see the Lexapro, Celexa, Prozac studies). This difference is not altogether surprising, because Paxil is considered to have the most extreme side effects of the SSRI anti-depressants.

Paxil Addictions Research - Prevalent Search Topics - Graph 1

(Continued on Graph 3 at the bottom of this page)

Top 30 two and three word combinations



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 30,000  250,000
paxil side    234679
paxil withdrawal    149384
side effects of paxil    137657
zoloft paxil    121698
prozac zoloft paxil    111690
prozac zoloft    111690
paxil online    81204
paxil weight    78782
buy paxil    70254
paxil drug    63127
prozac paxil    56614
paxil zoloft    54977
generic paxil    54730
what is paxil    54615
zoloft vs paxil    52818
paxil withdrawal symptoms    51859
paxil vs zoloft    51103
zoloft versus paxil    51100
paxil or zoloft    49642
zoloft or paxil    48185
paxil versus zoloft    48180
paxil class action    42358
taking paxil    40945
paxil withdrawl    39260
paxil weight gain    36866
drug paxil    36058
paxil and weight    35777
side effects paxil    35232
quit paxil    33584
celexa paxil    33507
30,000 250,000

Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms – Highest Incidence Rates

Along with some harsh side effects, Paxil withdrawal symptoms, considered by most professionals to be a component of SSRI Withdrawal Syndrome, are also considered to be the most severe. These symptoms include weight loss or gain, headache, nausea, sexual dysfunction, repeated electric shock sensations and insomnia. In Graph 1, three phrases “Paxil withdrawal”, “Paxil withdrawal symptoms” and the misspelled “Paxil withdrawl” garnered 240,503 searches. In Graph 2, “withdrawal” is the 6th most commonly used word in Paxil searches.

Paxil - Prevalent Words and Concepts Study - Graph 2

Top 100 words used in Paxil searches
(Top 1000 can be found at Top 100 Paxil exact phrases and top 1,000 concepts/words. - Graph 5)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  530,000
side    515584
zoloft    500232
vs    302150
weight    242189
prozac    240347
withdrawal    236746
alcohol    174751
gain    143394
celexa    136283
drug    113552
versus    112688
pregnancy    106543
from    101736
online    99933
buy    94819
anxiety    94548
symptoms    92283
information    89254
generic    77489
lexapro    76391
what    72267
loss    62361
weaning    58029
long    54739
effexor    53878
how    53240
medication    53233
term    53004
withdrawl    52921
action    51627
class    51390
lawsuit    51015
xanax    48656
discount    48106
quit    45794
prescription    45000
interaction    42668
taking    42585
paroxetine    42420
depression    41169
suit    36599
quitting    35520
stopping    34441
lawsuits    33081
stop    32150
about    30239
ejaculation    30151
affects    29845
premature    29786
social    29729
wellbutrin    29326
cheap    28601
order    28384
drinking    27504
pharmacy    27433
ocd    26180
interactions    25621
problems    25591
law    25589
dosage    25302
lawyer    24894
getting    24174
suicide    24072
going    23733
recall    23619
physical    22632
injury    22631
losing    22048
alternatives    21898
forum    21537
canada    21384
marijuana    21131
pregnant    20951
dosages    20805
litigation    20441
withdraw    20110
against    19463
overdose    19290
info    19169
boards    18915
abuse    18861
bad    18765
antidepressant    18666
discontinuing    18255
addiction    17626
purchase    17593
medicine    16801
warnings    16800
withdrawel    16798
sideeffects    16790
message    16608
symptom    16364
success    16213
better    16179
20mg    16177
settlement    16086
dose    16073
withdrawls    16061
sale    15953
buspar    15889
0 530,000

Innovative Addictions Research Sponsored by Montreal Rehab

USDR, a progressive drug and alcohol rehab center near Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is leading the way in the sponsorship of search frequency analysis as an innovative form of addictions research. Keeping abreast of addiction trends and developments is an important component of the philosophy and treatment programs. Read more interesting studies on a variety of substance abuse issues throughout this website.

Paxil - Prevalent Search Topics, Continued - Graph 3

Top 31 - 100 two and three word combinations
(Top 30 are in Graph 1 above)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 10,000  35,000
quitting paxil    33330
information on paxil    32124
stopping paxil    31917
paxil and weight gain    31394
prozac vs paxil    30665
about paxil    30232
celexa vs paxil    30198
stop taking paxil    29938
anxiety paxil    29384
paxil lawsuit    29358
paxil celexa    29200
paxil and alcohol    28782
order paxil    28252
cheap paxil    27381
drinking alcohol    26259
paxil vs lexapro    25915
paxil law    24821
paxil vs celexa    24820
paxil lawyer    24820
paxil paroxetine    24625
paxil alcohol    23801
paxil weight loss    23507
weaning off paxil    23178
going off paxil    22633
paxil injury    22630
effexor paxil    22557
paxil medication    21539
paxil drug interaction    21170
paxil cr discount    21170
alternatives to paxil    20667
getting off paxil    20665
paxil weaning    20552
paxil vs prozac    20440
paxil long term    20115
paxil withdraw    20089
paxil social anxiety    19711
paxil forum    19710
drinking alcohol with paxil    19710
paxil side affects    19565
discount paxil    19563
withdrawal from paxil    19407
paxil dosage    19300
buy paxil online    19180
paxil canada    19144
paxil xanax    19128
paxil premature ejaculation    19090
paxil for depression    19019
paxil overdose    18980
lexapro vs paxil    18980
paxil abuse    18858
paxil while pregnant    18633
discontinuing paxil    18255
paxil and pregnancy    18254
lawsuits against paxil    18250
medication side effects paxil    18250
paxil information    17666
purchase paxil    17593
weight gain from paxil    17520
paxil class action suit    17520
lexapro paxil    17307
pharmacy paxil    17202
paxil anxiety    16849
paxil pregnancy    16793
paxil warnings    16791
paxil withdrawel    16790
paxil cr and pregnancy    16790
paxil sideeffects    16790
paroxetine paxil    16654
paxil during pregnancy    16443
paxil generic    16372
10,000 35,000