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When can I stop taking Paxil?

You can stop taking the antidepressant Paxil (paroxetine) when your doctor tells you it is safe and recommended for you to do so. Paxil belongs to a category of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which treat depression by adjusting the level of the chemical serotonin in the brain. Stopping Paxil suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms, including worsened depression or anxiety, trouble sleeping, headache or dizziness. To minimize withdrawal symptoms, your doctor may slowly reduce your dose of Paxil to slowly wean you from the drug. If you feel ready to go off Paxil, call your doctor, but do not stop taking the medication on your own.

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