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Antidepressant withdrawal: 2 years to get off of paroxetine (Paxil)
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 3:50 pm Email this article
“It took me almost two years to get off Paroxetine and the side effects were horrendous. I even had to quit my job because I felt sick all the time. Even now that I am off of it, I still feel electric shocks in my brain,” one antidepressant user was quoted as saying in a new review paper about antidepressant withdrawal by Dr. James Davies, from the University of Roehampton in London, England, and Prof. John Read, from the University of East London.
“More than half (56%) of people who attempt to come off antidepressants experience withdrawal effects” the paper notes.
“Withdrawal incidence rates from 14 studies ranged from 27% to 86% with a weighted average of 56%.”
“Nearly half (46%) of people experiencing withdrawal effects describe them as severe.”
Withdrawal effects can last for weeks or months the paper notes.
One study calculated the average duration of withdrawal to be 79 weeks or 1.5 years.
Davies J, and Read J. A systematic review into the incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal effects: Are guidelines evidence-based? Addict Behav, 2018 Sep 4; Available online 4 September 2018.
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University of Roehampton
London, United Kingdom
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence
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