Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms

Paxil® (paroxetine hydrochloride) is a medication often prescribed for the treatment of depression. It is also approved to treat panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
It is important to know that if you abruptly stop taking Paxil, withdrawal symptoms could occur. A withdrawal from Paxil may cause symptoms such as irritability, insomnia, dizziness, and a burning or tingling sensation. These symptoms generally improve with time, without the need for any medical attention.
If you are going to be taken off of Paxil, your healthcare provider may wean you off slowly to minimize the chances of Paxil withdrawal symptoms occurring. Sometimes, withdrawal symptoms are actually symptoms of depression returning. In this case, your healthcare provider may decide to put you back on an antidepressant medication.
(Click Paxil Withdrawal to find out what other symptoms may occur as a result of a withdrawal from Paxil and for more information on how to prevent withdrawal symptoms.)
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