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Paxil Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

By Kimberly Mirando


PaxilGlaxoSmithKline has proposed a class action lawsuit settlement to resolve allegations it falsely and deceptively advertised that its prescription antidepressant Paxil is non-addictive. If approved, the Paxil class action settlement will provide cash refunds to California residents who purchased Paxil between 1999 and 2003.

The Paxil settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit, Grair v. GlaxoSmithKline, alleging GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) falsely advertised and promoted Paxil as being non-habit forming or non-addictive, and that GSK’s advertisements and promotional materials failed to disclose the risk of symptoms users may experience if they stopped using Paxil.

GSK denies these allegations, but has offered to pay an $8.5 million class action lawsuit settlement to resolve the litigation.

Class Members of the Paxil class action lawsuit settlement include all California residents who were 18 years old or older and who paid for any portion of the price of Paxil while living in California from January 14, 1999 through January 1, 2003.

Class Members of the Paxil class action settlement who can provide Proof of Purchase can receive a full refund of the out-of-pocket expenses they paid for Paxil during the Class Period, provided the total amount of claims does not exceed $8.5 million.

Class Members without Proof of Purchase can still file a claim to receive up to $80 of out-of-pocket expenses, provided the total amount of these claims does not exceed $500,000.

Only out-of-pocket expenses incurred for Paxil will be refunded, including copayments and deductibles. For example, if you paid a $20 copay for a Paxil prescription, you would receive $20. You would not be entitled to receive the amount your insurance company or employer paid as part of your insurance plan.

To receive a refund from the Paxil class action settlement, you must submit a claim form and any supporting documents to the Paxil Settlement Administrator postmarked by October 10, 2012.

Claim forms and more information on your rights in the GlaxoSmithKline Paxil Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at Detailed instructions on how to file a claim for the Paxil settlement can be found in our Open Lawsuit Settlements section.

The case is Grair v. GlaxoSmithKline, Case No. BC 288536, Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles.

Was your baby born with a birth defect and the mother took Paxil or another antidepressant while pregnant? You may be due compensation! Please submit your information to attorneys helping children with Paxil related birth defects now!


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Updated July 20th, 2012


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  • Anonymous July 3, 2012

    what if you took paxil during 1999-2003 and you move from california to another state. Can you still be in the class action lawsuit

  • Anonymous July 3, 2012

    Yes, you can still be part of the lawsuit. Print out the claim form and it will be a little more self explanitory. List dates. amount and sign under penalty of perjury if you actually lved there which you claim.

  • Anonymous July 5, 2012

    What about people who’ve committed or tried to commit suicide because of this drug?

  • Anonymous July 5, 2012

    What I meant to say is that there should be a class action law suit against Paxil if there is not one already for people who took it for depression or menopause or panic attacks whose worlds were suddenly whirled into a nightmare of suicidal thought and actions. This drug is evil.

  • Anonymous July 12, 2012

    Why only California??? I am sure that Paxil was just addictive in other states as well?

    • Nancy Razek April 2, 2016

      I totally agree. I had been on Paxil for many years. Coming off Paxil was a horrible experience. At that time and for a while after, my psychiatrist said that Paxil is one of the, if not the most difficult anti-depressants to come off .I t took 1 1/2 -2 weeks before withdrawal symptoms started to resolve…even though I was weaned and transitioned to another anti-depressant. I was on the maximum daily dose allowed, at some point in my treatment with Paxil.a high dose. Nancy Razek

  • Anonymous July 12, 2012

    Why only California? Are the same addictive qualities not present in other states? I would certainly think so!

  • Anonymous July 12, 2012

    Why only California? It has the very same addictive qualities in other states as well!

  • Anonymous July 14, 2012

    Well I live in Florida and I was prescribed paxil through my doctor for depression but I have had symtoms like suicidal and wanting to harm others I have went to my local place called Lakeview that helps people on my conditionor worst but now I feel like they want to kill me and drug me up but I still have my prescription paxel with lable and all so do I qualify?

  • Anonymous July 18, 2012

    I have taken Paxil since 1999. I did switch during 2011 to another drug and didn’t find it as effective…so rather than filing a lawsuit against the company, I switched to another drug. People wonder why health insurance and drugs are so expensive. It’s people like you that filing lawsuits because a product isn’t effective for you. You take Paxil because you’re depressed, suffer panic attacks, or are suicidal…so how can you claim the drug makes you depressed, suffer panic attacks, or are suicidal? Maybe you should have better communication with your doctor to switch to something that will work for your situation rather than blaming a company that doesn’t even know you’re taking their drug. California is borderline communist and so anti-corporation…that’s why they are the only state that allows such laughable lawsuits to reach settlement. When a product is defective I believe in class action lawsuits to hold companies accountable, that’s why I check this site on a weekly basis. But drug companies offer warnings and cannot know how a drug will personally effect every single person who takes it.

    • jane September 16, 2014

      I suffered from panic attacks never had suicidal thoughts until I started on paxil. what a fricking nightmare. they lied about their product. If anyone is to BLAME its GSK and the doctors who receive kickbacks for pushing the drug. Shame on you , you heartless piece of nothing. You tell people to open up with their doctors? What do you think they do to get a prescription? Im so happy that you are PERFECT. I checked out the product, accepted what was disclosed . It is HABIT FORMING! ITS terrible to get off of ! THEY LIED! You are heartless. By the way, lawsuits are not the reason drugs are so expensive , they have already factored legal.

  • Anonymous July 21, 2012

    I began taking Paxil in 2005 and stopped in 2010. Even though my doctor weaned me off the drug and watched me carefully, I had horrible reactions to coming off the drug. While on the drug, I was okay, but was taken off due to findings that were released concerning it being addictive. It was highly addictive. It took several months for me to recover . At some points I felt like I was losing my mind. There were several days I couldn’t work. I suffered from the paxil flu, and experienced all sorts of withdrawal symptoms. It is an awful drug.

  • Anonymous July 23, 2012

    My son took paxil during this time period. Why can’t I as his parent who paid for his medications file as part of the class action suit? It does not seem fair. Was he any less impacted because of his age? We did not have insurance and had to pay full price for this drug, Then we had to watch him go through withdrawal when we switched medications. Does not seem fair at all.

  • Anonymous July 23, 2012

    Why doesn’t everyone stop taking every drug on the market if these drug makers are doing more harm than good?

  • Anonymous July 23, 2012

    Paxil is addictive that is I have been on it since 1998 and have tried many times to get off of it. It is addictive and the withdrawals are horrible. This should be a class action lawsuit in itself b/c my doctor tried to wean me off and it failed…..It’s almost impossible to get off. There are hundreds if not thousands who state they can’t get off and if they do , IT TAKES YEARS!. WE NEED A LAWSUIT ON THIS….

  • Anonymous September 5, 2012

    refunds are cheap. GKS should be made to pay for all medications one will have to take for the rest of their lives if they can’t withdrawl completely and have to pay someone all costs of those coming off it, i.e. if they have to use ativan or lorazapeam to ease of the anxiety.

    This should also be extended to Canada !

  • BetsyRogers January 13, 2013

    It’s only in California right now because that’s where the law firm is located (the firm that filed the suit). A lawyer can’t file a suit in another state unless they’re licensed in that state. If a law firm in another state would file a class action suit, then people in that state could potentially qualify as a member of the “class”.

    Another way this can happen is, for example, if a California law firm files a joint class action suit by partnering up with firms in other states. This would expand the list of states you can live in to qualify as a member of the class. That’s what they did in a lawsuit several years ago, regarding adolescents who became suicidal when they started taking Paxil.

    If you live in another state, and you’d like to participate in a class action suit in your state, you need to find/hire a lawyer to initiate the class action suit on your behalf. Another option is to hope that someone else hires a lawyer (or find out if a suit is already in progress) and files a class-action suit. If they win the law suit, then you could potentially qualify as a member of the class if you meet all the other requirements.

  • BetsyRogers January 13, 2013

    @ C’s Mom wrote: “My son took paxil during this time period. Why can’t I as his parent who paid for his medications file as part of the class action suit?”

    Are you sure this is true (i.e. are you sure you can’t still qualify as a member of the class action)? The information above says “California residents who were 18 years old or older and who paid for any portion of the price of Paxil.” It doesn’t say you have to have been the patient, just that you paid for any portion of the price of Paxil.

    In my opinion, this would include a parent who paid for the adolescent’s medication. I could be wrong on this, but it might be worth checking this out further. Good luck! You certainly deserve to receive the same compensation as everyone else.

  • dawn February 5, 2013

    I was on on 20 mg paxil 1996-1997 my son was born with a heart defect tetrology of fallot, it has been difficult proving it because records are only kept for so long before lost or destroyed

  • rhonda March 27, 2013

    my mother died in 15 hours from brain anyurism – had been on paxil for many years — otherwise totally healthy she was 63…

  • Dee December 16, 2014

    My doctor prescribed Paxil in 2001 in Florida. We moved to OK where my doctor there continued to prescribe Paxil. Approximately 2009 I became very very ill. I had terrible chills, confusion, hallucinations, could not get up without assistance because my muscles were so weak and so sore. My husband had to move me. When he got me out of bed in the morning, I was unable to stand up long enough to brush my teeth. By the time I made my way to the living room, I went to sleep because I was that weak. I could not eat, I could do nothing for myself. Went to my doctor who sent me to the hospital. Had many tests including an MRI. Was sent to a neurologist who did several tests He told me to never take another Paxil. I was afraid of the withdrawal but he assured me that I should not ever take another. There was no withdrawal. I asked him why I was so sore and he assured me that Paxil breaks your muscles down. I went through hell and I am as afraid of Paxil as I could be a bear.

  • W September 27, 2015

    I took Paxil religiously everyday from 1997-2004. It did help with my social phobia/agoraphobia very much. It was also support to help with my panic attacks but I didn’t notice much help there. In 2004 my doctor moved. I had the worst withdraw symptoms. I had the paxil flu for a little over a month. I could not control my emotions and thoughts. I believe I was losing my mind. I felt as though my mind was going crazy and my emotions were all over the place. I actually cut myself very deep on my leg because I needed to feel something real.

  • Robin price June 18, 2016

    Taking Paxill for a number of years now. Two years ago they put a casino in our area. I have become addicted to gambling ever since. I have spent thousands of dollars and can not stop even when I know I have bills to pay and that I am behind on most. I recently have been hearing about other antidepressants causing serious gambling addictions. I am convinced that Paxill is one of them. I need help and am interested in any information related to class action lawsuits regarding this issue. Thank you.

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