Hallucination induced by paroxetine discontinuation in patients with major depressive disorders.
Summary of "Hallucination induced by paroxetine discontinuation in patients with major depressive disorders."
Discontinuation symptoms can follow the stoppage of almost all classes of antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. We report two cases suffering from visual and auditory hallucinations: Case 1 abruptly stopped taking paroxetine (20 mg/day), and Case 2 discontinued paroxetine after reducing the dose from 20 mg/day to 10 mg/day for 5 months. Both cases experienced visual and auditory hallucinations in addition to dizziness, headache, insomnia, and nausea a couple of days after paroxetine discontinuation. These observations suggest that hallucinations are a part of the discontinuation syndrome that results from paroxetine discontinuation. Physicians should be aware of this symptom.
Department of Neuropsychiatry, Graduate School of Medicine, Hirosaki University, Hirosaki, Japan.
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Name: Psychiatry and clinical neurosciences
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21489048
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1819.2011.02211.x
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
A serotonin uptake inhibitor that is used as an antidepressive agent. It has been shown to be effective in patients with major depressive disorders and other subsets of depressive disorders. It is generally more useful in depressive disorders associated with insomnia and anxiety. This drug does not aggravate psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders. (From AMA Drug Evaluations Annual, 1994, p309)
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