Paxil withdrawal signs and symptoms

Important: on this page we discuss only severe Paxil withdrawal cases. They occur in about 10% of patients. Other people either have no symptoms at all or one or two mild cold-like manifestations. It is also noteworthy that this page describes withdrawal symptoms, not side effects that are likely to occur in Paxil users.

There are two groups of Paxil withdrawal symptoms: common and less frequently observed ones.

Common Symptoms:

  • Poor sleep
  • Unusual dreams
  • Confusion
  • Poor self-control and abnormal fears
  • Occasional loss of sense of reality
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor memory
  • Phobic reactions (even if you have never experienced one before)
  • Unstable mood, agitation, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and behavior (in severe cases), outbursts of crying
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness
  • Numbness in different parts of the body
  • Unsteady walk
  • Speech disorders
  • migraine
  • twitches
  • sweating
  • vision problems
  • hypersensitivity
  • lack of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea, abdominal pain

Less Commonly Observed Symptoms

  • auditory hallucinations
  • facial numbness
  • tachycardia, angina
  • dry and gritty eyes
  • weakness, faintness, fatigue
  • localized sharp heeadache
  • suffocation
  • skin rash, reddening, itching
  • painful swallowing

Symptoms may last from a couple of days to eight weeks. There is no telling how soon they will disappear either: this is individual.