Paxil withdrawal induces symptoms that may range from mild to severe. The symptoms may last from couple of days to over a month. Paxil withdrawal symptoms are particularly serious when the drug is suddenly discontinued.
What is Paxil?
Paxil is an antidepressant drug that belongs to a group of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI). Paxil is generic name for paroxetine. The drug was first approved by the FDA in 1993. Paxil is indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Paxil, just like all of the SSRI antidepressants, is habit forming and addictive drug. As a SSRI drug, Paxil is also associated with many side effects. They include: nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, weakness, diarrhea or constipation, gas, increased urination, tremor, upset stomach, decreased sexual desire, headache and loss of appetite. Weight gain is also seen in people who take Paxil. In rare cases, some people may experience severe side effects of the drug which require immediate medical attention. However, more important thing related to Paxil is that it causes withdrawal symptoms when a person suddenly stops taking the drug.
Any SSRI antidepressant causes withdrawal symptoms when discontinued suddenly. Still, Paxil is associated with more severe discontinuation symptoms that last longer comparing to other drugs from SSRI class. It is because the body requires less time to process Paxil and due to that the action of the drug is significantly stronger. Paxil may also cause withdrawal symptoms when only one dose is missed or if there are changes in dosage. Nevertheless, these withdrawal symptoms are much worse when the drug is abruptly discontinued.
Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms
Paxil withdrawal symptoms include physical and psychological problems. Most people have mild or moderate withdrawal symptoms that can be tolerated. Common Paxil withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea or constipation. Bloating, belching and flatulence as well as dizziness or lightheadedness are present too. Discontinuation of Paxil can result in loss of appetite, headaches, sweating and fever and chills. Insomnia, vertigo, confusion, depression, aggression and hallucinations too accompany Paxil withdrawal. Also, Paxil withdrawal symptoms include panic attacks, vivid dreams, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, irritability, flu like symptoms, and feeling of electric zaps.
Duration of Paxil withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person. They may last for few days or more than a month but in many cases these symptoms last between two and six months. It is recommended to gradually discontinue Paxil in order to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms. Paxil withdrawal symptoms can be treated with other antidepressant drugs.