Paxil Withdrawal

Paxil withdrawal may lead to serious side effects when Paxil use is discontinued.  Contact a Paxil attorney for more information about Paxil withdrawal side effects and information.

Although most Paxil side effect research has focused on the potential dangers of taking Paxil, consumers should also be aware of the potential side effects of discontinuing Paxil treatment, which may lead to Paxil withdrawal symptoms. Studies have shown that the SSRI antidepressant Paxil (paroxetine) has among the highest incidence rates and severity of withdrawal syndrome of any drug in its class. The ability for Paxil to cause severe withdrawal symptoms is believed to be due to its short half-life, which can increase the severity of discontinuation, or withdrawal, syndrome. To minimize the chances of suffering from severe withdrawal side effects, patients taking Paxil are encouraged to discuss treatment options with their healthcare provider. In most cases, physicians will be able to help patients gradually stop Paxil treatment. For patients who have suffered from Paxil withdrawal side effects, legal help is available. Contact a Paxil attorney immediately to discuss the possibility of filing a Paxil lawsuit for withdrawal side effects against GlaxoSmithKline in order to seek the financial compensation you deserve.

Paxil Withdrawal Side Effects

If you are currently taking Paxil and you wish to stop treatment, consult your physician immediately to discuss the safest way to do so. It may be dangerously to abruptly discontinue the use of a prescription medication like Paxil without medical consent. In order to safely stop using Paxil and reduce the likelihood of Paxil withdrawal symptoms, patients are advised to follow the gradually reduced treatment plan put in place by their physicians. Patients who suddenly terminate use of the antidepressant Paxil may suffer from side effects like:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vertigo
  • A lightheaded feeling
  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Feelings of electricity in the body
  • Anxiety or crying

In addition, The Lancet published an analysis of World Health Organization data in which SSRIs, like Paxil, taken during pregnancy were shown to possibly cause withdrawal side effects, including convulsions, in newborn children.

Additional Paxil Side Effects and FDA Warnings

Besides the potential for Paxil to cause serious withdrawal symptoms, side effect studies have indicated that Paxil may be associated with an increased risk of birth defects in children exposed to the drug during pregnancy. In response to this information, the FDA has elevated the pregnancy category of Paxil from C to D, which means there is positive human evidence of the drug's potential to cause serious harm to a fetus when taken during pregnancy. In 2005, the FDA issued a public health advisory warning patients and healthcare professionals about the increased risk of congenital malformations, namely heart defects, in children exposed to Paxil during the first trimester of pregnancy. In 2006, the FDA issued an additional public health advisory warning warning patients and physicians about the increased risk of PPHN, a life-threatening heart and lung disease, among infants whose mothers took an antidepressant SSRI like Paxil after the twentieth week of pregnancy.

Legal Help for Paxil Withdrawal Side Effects

The withdrawal symptoms potentially associated with the SSRI antidepressant Paxil are serious and can severely alter the life of affected patients, especially women who take the drug while pregnant. If you have stopped taking Paxil and have since experienced symptoms of Paxil withdrawal, contact a Paxil attorney to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a Paxil lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, the medical expenses resulting from injury treatment, and the pain and suffering endured by you and your family. No patients should suffer from Paxil withdrawal side effects after discontinuing the use of the antidepressant Paxil. With the help of an experienced Paxil lawyer, victims of potential Paxil withdrawal symptoms can collect the compensation they deserve and protect themselves and their family from further harm.

Prescription Drugs in The News