Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms in Newborns a Cause for Concern
Paxil withdrawal is known as one of the most addictive SSRI’s – especially for newborns. Paxil (also known by its generic form, paroxetine, and by its other trade names Aropax, Seroxat, Paxil CR and Sereupin) is a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI), a form of antidepressant that aims to increase the neurotransmitter serotonin by inhibiting its re-uptake into the presynaptic cell. GlaxoSmithKline first introduced Paxil to the market in 1992. Though the intended outcome of the medication is to treat depression, anxiety and related illnesses, there is a serious affliction that can develop if a patient attempts to cease taking the medication: SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome (also known as SSRI Withdrawal Syndrome).
Paxil Withdrawal in Babies
In newborns, withdrawal phenomenon is called “neonatal abstinence syndrome.” This syndrome usually occurs when an infant is withdrawing from narcotics, but in 2003 researchers documented at least 93 cases of babies enduring neonatal convulsions and withdrawal syndrome symptoms.
A 2000 study conducted by Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, found that the syndrome is indicated by a series of disconcerting symptoms, such as:
- shock-like sensations in the brain (these are sometimes referred to as “brain zaps” or “head shocks”)
- vertigo or a faint feeling
- gait instability
- visual disturbances
According to the Mayo Clinic, the withdrawal can even cause a recurrence of the original depression symptoms. The cause of the withdrawal symptoms is not entirely known but is often attributed to an SSRI’s “elimination half-life,” which is the length of time the patient’s body metabolizes the medication. Paxil has a short enough half-life so that missing just one dose can trigger Paxil withdrawal symptoms.
Paxil: More Addictive than Other SSRI’s
The drug Paxil is considered to be even more addictive than other SSRI’s such as Zoloft or Prozac.
The Dalhousie study indicated that the length of time a patient experiences these withdrawal symptoms may vary. A typical indication that a patient is experiencing SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome is that he has taken the medication for at least four weeks and is experience symptoms one to seven days after stoppage.
How to Stop Taking Paxil
Physicians typically advise patients to taper off their dosages with the help of their doctor (as opposed to ceasing use of the medication cold-turkey) if there is a need to stop the use of an SSRI. Patients should not alter medication dosages without consulting their doctors.
Paxil Withdrawal: Legal Position and Lawsuit Information
If you have experienced these serious Paxil side effects, it is important that you understand your legal position. The attorneys at the Rottenstein Law Group have more than 25 years of collective experience helping clients assert their rights against negligent pharmaceutical companies. For a free consultation with RLG, please fill out our contact form or call 1-877-487-0990 and one of our Paxil attorneys will contact you as soon as possible.