Researchers asking those very questions have found that suddenly stopping treatment with some antidepressants of the type known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, can cause serious withdrawal effects, both physically and psychologically.
SSRI drugs include those like Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. Patients taking these drugs must carefully follow their doctor’s instructions about when and how long to take their medication. Failure to do so can lead to unpleasant problems, according to a study in the April issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry – although some of the SSRI drugs seem to cause worse problems than others.
For those taking Paxil, especially, following the prescribed dosing instructions is important if you want to keep feeling well.