Paxil is an antidepressant drug, used to treat a variety of psychological problems, including depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. A member of a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), Paxil has been widely used since 1993. It works by regulating the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, in the brain. By controlling the chemical balance in the brain, Paxil is able to reduce feelings of depression, anxiety, and panic.
In December 2001, however, the FDA added a warning label to Paxil's packaging regarding its potentially addictive nature. Some drugs are known to cause mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms when a patient stops taking them, but the withdrawal effects of Paxil can be dangerous and debilitating. Patients have reported symptoms more severe than the conditions for which they were originally treated, and some have chosen to go back on Paxil rather than risk its withdrawal effects. Some of the withdrawal symptoms that have been reported by patients who have stopped taking Paxil include: agitation, anxiety, depression, nausea, dizziness, confusion, and suicidal and homicidal thoughts.
If you have taken Paxil and have suffered from troubling withdrawal symptoms, please contact Finkelstein & Partners. We can help you receive compensation for the harm that Paxil has caused you.