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Stories most recently submitted,are listed first.

ICFDA Survivor Stories 2003

1/16/2003

Addictive Problems with Viagra

"Viagra cost me a marriage of 45 years, my home, the respect of my family and the full use and enjoyment of a healthy normal life."


1/20/2003

Zoloft Nightmare

"(Because of Zoloft) I was in prison and had lost my family, all of my property, my Ph.D."


2/16/2003

An Answer to Our Nightmare on Paxil

"I feel like I am on a crusade to help prevent another family and child from going through this experience."


3/12/2003

Sturggling to Withdraw from Paxil

"Thanks for everything you're doing to help people like me and for working so hard to get these drugs off the market."


4/5/2003

Serotonergic Poisoning on Paxil

"My teeth no longer feel like my teeth and I have horrible electrical feelings in my mouth."


4/15/2003

Confused on Desipramine

"...(I) could not understand the English that was coming out of my mouth, and about every third word my wife was saying."


4.15.2003

Effexor Survivor

" I was taking Effexor into about my second week when I tried to commit suicide."


4/20/2003

Psychiatric drugs - Long path of uncertainty.

"Through all the experiences with these drugs, I think they should be banned. I don’t believe a one of them helped me in the long run."


5/16/2003

Student's Life Destroyed on Prozac

"(After begging my doctor to put me on Prozac,) I just felt insane. I felt like screaming, tearing my clothes off and running around like a madman."


5/29/2003

For the first time I know I am not nuts!

“I’ve been on Zoloft for about a year and a half and I’ve hated every day of it.”


6/13/2003

Seroxat Ex-user Story

"I simply cannot believe that so many people can be struggling to stay alive as a result of this drug without GSK knowing (and possibly suppressing) the results of their trials..."


6/16/2003

My 10-year Nightmare Started with Prozac

"My mental and many physical disorders were caused primarily by the medication I was given by my doctors. I lost 10 years of my life."


7/8/2003

A Paxil Withdrawal Success Story

"The Paxil was altering the way I thought - my thought processes were not me."


7/13/2003

Horror story of forced drugging

"It seemed that the more medicine they used, the worse he got."


7/14/2003

Cold turkeyed off Effexor and Etrafon

"I continue to cite your book to all I can reach. I believe in you, and thank you so very much!"


7/14/2003

12 drugs in 4 years caused near fatal effects

"Within 4 days of starting Paxil I was experiencing racing thoughts and was extremely suicidal."


7/15/2003

16-Year Old Has Violent Nightmares on Paxil and Effexor, Takes Rifle to School

"The first day he took his 300 mgs is also the day he walked into school with a rifle. He fortunately gave up the rifle, before harming himself or others."


7/16/2003

CNS Damage While on Paxil

"In trying to get off Paxil, I experienced explosive anger, rage, uncontrolled weeping..."


8/3/2003

A 16-Year Old Tells of Suicidal Attempts on SSRIs

"I have thoughts of wanting to hurt people, and I have never been a violent person."


8/5/2003

Victimized, tortured and abused in Psychiatric Care

"To all those who read my story, there is hope, and don't give up until you've won."


8/7/2003

Prozac and Klonopin problems

"Please pray for me as songs run though my head like there is a tuning fork in it."


8/15/2003

Effexor XR nearly ruined my life

"Effexor ...caused me SEVERE menstrual bleeding and clotting."


8/16/2003

11-Year Old Becomes Violent on Paxil

"We will never know the extent of the damage done."


8/18/2003

Suicide and anti-depressants

"The medications didn't help at all I feel like they worsened my depression."


8/18/2003

I Lost My Son to Paxil

"He died 6 months after first starting Paxil -we are devastated."


8/18/2003

Celexa-Tileptol Side effects

"I blacked out behind the wheel of my truck and went left of center, hitting another truck head on."


8/19/2003

My life ruined by Prozac

"Before these meds she was stubborn but not psychotic."


8/28/2003

16-Year Old Tells Her Story on SSRIs

"...don’t become another victim of the SSRI LIES."


9/2/2003

Paxil Withdrawals were Horrible

"I am devastated to think that I will have to continue to take these medications for the rest of my life or to go through the horrific withdrawals."


9/5/2003

One Month on Celexa, Son Kills Himself

"I believe that CELEXA caused my son to become suicidal. My research into the adverse effects of SSRIs has strengthened that belief."


9/6/2003

Being Depressed was Better

"Please keep me in your prayers and don’t take Paxil."


9/8/2003

Drug Dilemma

"(My sons) have been afflicted with Prozac, Zoloft, and some other SSRI's that have caused them to become obese, stupefied, and are developing breasts as a result of side affects."


9/9/2003

Three Hellish Days on Cipramil (Celexa)

"I woke up having the most horrendous panic attack I've ever had in my life. I was going out of my mind, the walls and floors were morphing into my body, my torso felt like it was on fire with an icy heat, my chest was bursting..."


9/12/2003

Prozac Dose Increased to 40mg, Dad Kills Himself

"Please, Senators put a stop to wide spread use of SSRI's, because death is forever"


9/13/2003

My Son's Suicide

"His doctor put him on Paxil. after several months of Paxil. He committed suicide with a single gun shot wound to the head."


9/15/2003

Prozac Suicide

He said he felt as if he was coming out of his skin, like someone was behind him 24 hrs a day terrifying him.


9/22/2003

Withdrawal Problems--Doctor Says It Couldn't be Paxil

"Word needs to given to the doctors and their patients what to expect if you start taking this drug."


9/23/2003

Son Commits Suicide on Paxil

"...the drug that was given to him destroyed his life COMPLETELY!!!!!!! "


9/23/2003

14-Year Takes His Own Life on Prozac

"My son didn’t want to be on this drug. He claimed it made him feel “weird”.


9/23/2003

A Note of Caution About Psychiatric Medications for Symptoms of Depression

"I now believe my daughter died as a direct result of taking antidepressant medications."


9/24/2003

My Experiences on Zoloft and Paxil

"The good little voice in my head is being blown away by the bad voice."


9/29/2003

Paxil suicide

"...we were devastated by his suicide."


9/29/2003

Our Politicians Have to Do Something

"Heaven help us all."


9/30/2003

Trust in God, Not in the Drugs

"I believed that Satan was living in me."


10/1/2003

I Withdrew Successfully from Paxil

"I was able to finally completely wean myself from this medication using (Dr. Tracy's) instructions..."


10/5/2003

Zoloft Hell

"I knew I had to get off of this drug to save my sanity."


10/6/2003

Frightened by Violent Thoughts on Paxil

"...in my mind’s eye I saw myself committing suicide by cutting my wrists."


10/8/2003

Our Daughter's Tragic Suicide on Zoloft

"After 6 days on the drug, she hung herself in the garage."


10/15/2003

Prozac destroyed my life

"I wish that the Public could be warned against this horrible drug."


10/15/2003

My Daughter's Attempted Suicide on SSRIs

"I have lost count of how many times she has tried to kill herself in the last three years..."


10/16/2003

Feel Permanently Brain Damaged on SSRIs

"It worries me that I have permanently damaged my mind with this drug..."


10/20/2003

Thoughts of Harming Myself on Zoloft

"They are NUTS---not habit forming?!"


10/23/2003

Continuing "Brain Shivers" Withdrawing from Paxil

:...one does not just "stop" taking a serotonin reuptake drug."


10/30/2003

Depersonalization due to Zoloft

"...(I was) feeling like I was going to come out of my skin or kill myself."


11/1/2003

12-Year's Suicide on Paxil

"Please do something now to stop more deaths..."


11/2/2003

I Beat Paxil with God's Help

"I lay like a fetus and cried with pain getting off the drug."


11/5/2003

Glad I Never Took Paxil, Prozac, or Any Other SSRI

"I’m floored by the way the psychiatric profession shrugs off SSRI-related violence, suicide and other problems."


11/5/2003

Debilitated on Effexor

"Please help stop this poisoning."


11/5/2003

Effexor XR Causes "Buzzing and Jolts"

"How could this drug be sanctioned by the FDA in the first place?"


11/26/2003

A marriage made in heaven, ended in hell

“I do admit I hold bitterness toward the profit-hungry pharmaceutical companies who have no concern for people’s lives and to the medical profession in general who seem to pass out these drugs like they’re candy.”


12/1/2003

Hopeless on Prozac

“Prozac sent my emotions to an extreme lower depth that I could think of nothing but making the feelings stop.”


12/2/2003

Vail of medications

“The veil that is lifted when I quit taking them is overwhelming.”


12/5/2003

Disaffected Australian Aropax consumer

“…good thing I’ve too numbed to be frightened anymore.”


12/6/2003

Prozac—A Vicious Drug

“Please, do something about this drug. It needs to be taken of the market.”


12/6/2003

Paxil almost took my life

“Never just stop.”


12/10/2003

The Tragic Death of my Friend of 25 Years Due to Prozac

“…the Zoloft brought suicidal thoughts in like wildfire into my brain.”


12/12/2003

Paxil Suicide

“…he doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire.”


12/14/2003

Sudden Withdrawal on Effexor

“I have attempted suicide 3 times now, maybe the fourth will be the charm because this life is not life, it is a tortuous hell, that leaves little to live for.”


12/15/2003

The Effexor Nightmare

“The drug company should have let us known that this could happen to us.”


12/15/2003

Eric's story

“His medication was changed to Paxil and this was really bad for him.”


12/16/2003

Prozac and how it made me try to commit suicide

“I hope the government will take Prozac off the market.”


12/18/2003

Suicide Attempts on Aropax

“Thank you for being an organization that is helping me (and thousands of others).”


12/18/2003

Can’t Get Off Paxil

“This should never been released until all tests were in.”


12/18/2003

Our Testimony Before Congress

“We would like to tell Congress how dangerous [Paxil] is and how it almost ruined our lives.”


12/23/2003

A Teenager’s Story

“My very first dosage of Effexor I ever took, I felt a gurgling in my head, and that has been there ever since."


12/26/2003

12-Year Old Attempts Suicide on Luvox

“He honestly did not know that his actions could kill him.”


12/27/2003

Another horrible Paxil story

“We will never get over this horrible nightmare.”