Paxil Withdrawal

Know These Risks And Warning Signs

The potential risks of Paxil withdrawal must be made clear to anyone taking this medication. Abruptly stopping this medication by going “cold turkey” may result in withdrawal.

Withdrawal symptoms may include depression, sudden mood changes, “brain zaps” or “brain shocks”, anxiety, irritation, confusion, dizziness, headache, fatigue, insomnia or sleep disturbances, nausea, and sweating.

These could not only be symptoms of withdrawal, but may also be an indication of an overdose or allergic reaction.

As a result, if you experience any of these symptoms, report them to your doctor right away. If severe enough, you may need to seek immediate emergency medical attention.

Further, a serious condition called serotonin syndrome can occur when the body produces too much serotonin.

What Is Paxil?

Paxil is a prescription medication used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

For those who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) combined with depression, it may be used in addition to ADHD medications.

It is a member of a class of medications called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) that work by interacting with the brain chemical serotonin.

How To Avoid Paxil Withdrawal

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The best way to avoid withdrawal from Paxil is to not abruptly stop taking your medication. In addition, do not take excessive doses of Paxil that exceed your prescription recommendations.

If you wish to discontinue your Paxil, work in conjunction with your doctor who can gradually reduce your dosage in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Do not quit taking Paxil cold turkey; never abruptly stop taking this medication without first consulting with your psychiatrist.

Rather, work in conjunction with your healthcare provider and attend your regular medication monitoring sessions.This is your opportunity to ask questions and your doctor's opportunity to monitor your progress.

Report any adverse side effects, withdrawal symptoms, or unusual reactions to your prescribing doctor right away. 

If you experience a severe or potentially life-threatening reaction, seek emergency medical attention. Once your symptoms are stabilized and you are discharged from the hospital emergency room, follow up with your prescribing doctor.

This is especially important if you experience any suicidal thoughts or behaviors. If you or a loved one experience suicidal thoughts or behaviors while taking Paxil contact 911 right away or take yourself to the nearest hospital emergency room. 

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