According to World Health Organization ("WHO"), Paxil has the highest incidence rate of withdrawal adverse experiences of any antidepressant drug in the world." Studies show that 85% of people taking SSRI antidepressants will have some type of symptom when they stop taking the drug. While the medical community has acknowledged the potential for all SSRIs to cause dependency/withdrawal syndrome, Paxil is, by far, the worst.
It is alleged that Paxil can cause some people who take it to experience serious and unexpected withdrawal reactions, including suicide. Complaints now exist that patients and physicians were unaware of the withdrawal reactions due to the manufacturers deliberate failure to warn people about these occurrences. The physicians and the patients used Paxil without knowing the addictive properties and lawsuits have resulted because people were not made aware of Paxil's addictive, dependency, and withdrawal reactions to reduced or terminated dosages.
It is alleged that Paxil creates both physical and psychological dependency because Glaxo SmithKline has concealed information about the severe withdrawal reactions of its drug. Many patients and their physicians are confused into thinking that the withdrawal reactions are caused by something else, such as a relapse, leading to further incorrect and unnecessary medical treatment, including increased dosages of Paxil. It is alleged that Doctors were not properly notified of the withdrawal symptoms and either did not taper the patients off of Paxil or Re-prescribed the drug after observing withdrawal symptoms.
"Electrical 'zaps' to the brain, dizziness, extreme nausea, crying spells, light headedness, vertigo, coordination problems, gait disturbances, sweating, vomiting, high fever, abdominal discomfort, flu symptoms, agitation, tremulousness, irritability, aggression, sleep disturbance, nightmares, tremor, confusion, memory and concentration difficulties, lethargy, malaise, weakness, and general fatigue."
Other Possible Severe Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms:
fainting, scratching sounds within one's head, tingling
sensations in lips and areas around them, heart palpitations
and chest pain, swollen and sore eyes, fatigue, bursting
headaches, lump in throat, rash, dry, flaky, and/or
irritated skin, grinding teeth, difficulty with swallowing,
itchiness, numbness, speech problems, trembling.
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