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Can I suddenly stop taking paroxetine?

Paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva) is a selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a type of antidepressant used to treat a wide range of mental health disorders. If you and your doctor have decided that you no longer need or want to take paroxetine you should not stop this medicine suddenly.

Abrupt withdrawal of paroxetine can cause depression, anxiety, irritability, agitation, dizziness, electric shock sensations, ear ringing, confusion, headache, fatigue, sleeping problems and mania. Instead, your doctor will slowly taper your dose and monitor for discontinuation symptoms. 

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