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Yasui-Furukori 2011 Hallucination induced by paroxetine discontinuation in patients with major depressive disorders


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Yes, hallucinations can also be a symptom of withdrawal -- not emergence of psychosis.


Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2011 Jun;65(4):384-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1819.2011.02211.x. Epub 2011 Apr 14.

Hallucination induced by paroxetine discontinuation in patients with major depressive disorders.

Yasui-Furukori N, Kaneko S.




Department of Neuropsychiatry, Graduate School of Medicine, Hirosaki University, Hirosaki, Japan. yasufuru@cc.hirosaki-u.ac.jp


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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.

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