, AKA "Paxil", AKA "Aropax", AKA "Seroxat", AKA
You shouldn't go cold turkey on Paxil. The withdrawl can be quite nasty. Even slowly reducing my modest 20mg/day dose over a month I experienced what felt like birds pecking at my brain. This lasted about six months, and was accompanied by lethargy, extreme discomfort in enclosed places, and other side effects. I later found out that I had experienced the "electric shock" side effect associated with this wonderful drug.
Incredibly, Los Angeles lawyers filed a lawsuit against drug company SmithKline Beecham on behalf of 17 overmedicated narco-yuppies, which was settled in January 2002. In mid-2003 NY lawyers announced they would pick up the fight against east-coast pushers GlaxoSmithKline.
"...The Plaintiffs... continue taking the drug because they have been unable to get off the drug. Some have lost their jobs. Each has experienced similar severe withdrawal reactions and problems such as:
jolting electric 'zaps', dizziness, light-headedness, vertigo, in-coordination, gait disturbances, sweating, extreme nausea, vomiting, high fever, abdominal discomfort, flu symptoms, anorexia, diarrhea, agitation, tremulousness, irritability, aggression, sleep disturbance, nightmares, tremor, confusion, memory and concentration difficulties, lethargy, malaise, weakness, fatigue, paraesthesias ataxia, and/or myalgia."
(from 2002 lawsuit press release. The NY lawsuit alleges that the drug is addictive, may induce suicidal psychosis, etc.)