Paxil Addiction and Abuse

Siobahn Morse, Executive Director of The National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies, discusses Paxil addiction and abuse.

 What is Paxil?

Paxil is an anti-depressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitors or SSNRIs.

Paxil is used to treat major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder.

Paxil affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression.


Paxil Addiction and Abuse

What is Paxil addiction and abuse?

Long-term anti-depressant use may eventually lead to a serious dependence upon the medication – so serious that one cannot function without the anti-depressant.

This is confirmed by the many serious Paxil addiction withdrawal symptoms that may be experienced when a person forgets to take a dose or discontinues use completely.

Though anti-depressants are not likely to be abused, many long-term users develop an anti-depressant tolerance.

What are the side effects of Paxil?

Severe side effects of Paxil include: headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, loss of coordination, fainting, seizures and shallow breathing. Mild side effects of Paxil include: dry mouth, drowsiness, mild nausea, loss of appetite and constipation.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of Paxil?

The withdrawal symptoms of Paxil include: dizziness, nausea, headaches, unpleasant sensations such as tingling or burning, vomiting, irritability and nightmares.


Paxil Addiction and Abuse

Paxil Addiction and Abuse



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