Paxil is an antidepressant. It is an SSRI drug that attempts to balance out your serotonin levels. Serotonin is a natural chemical in the brain that controls your mood. Paxil is mainly used to treat clinical depression and anxiety.

Obviously Paxil should not be combined with alcohol or other drugs. That usually goes for any prescription medication. Sometimes doctors choose to combine it with a mood stabilizer drug, though, for cases like bipolar disorder.

Some common stated side effects of Paxil include dry mouth, sweating, restlessness, and insomnia. Now I feel the need to tell you about a horrible experience. Unfortunately, one time about 6 months ago I missed a scheduled appointment with my psychiatrist and ran out of Paxil without really even realizing it. I had no idea what I was in for.

I remembered that they had said they have to ween you off drugs of this nature, but I didn’t really know or care to know why. It didn’t seem all that important to me. I was very wrong. Let me just list a few things that began to happen within just a few days of my abruptly ceasing to take Paxil: extreme nausea and dizziness, confusion, headaches, light headedness, and an effect that I can only describe as brain zaps. It was absolutely terrible.

The moral of the story is to always listen to your doctor, as cliche as that sounds. I’m no expert, and I don’t know whether or not the effects of quitting other antidepressants cold turkey would be the same as with Paxil, but I would imagine they would be.

After telling about the negative effects of Paxil, I should probably tell you about the positive effects as well. The drug definitely changed my life for the better. My mind doesn’t wander anymore; I can stay focused and concentrate. I also don’t have mood swings and am much less depressed. As long as you stick to the prescribed regimen, Paxil is a wonderful drug.

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The author wrote this article to inform you about his experience with the drug Paxil.

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