A healthy 30-year-old female presented to the urgent care center with confusion, tremor, and a blood pressure of 160/110 mm Hg. She had no history of hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, renal dysfunction, or smoking. A basic metabolic panel revealed no abnormalities.
Her medication history revealed use of paroxetine (20 mg) subsequent to a depressive episode two years prior. A source of the hypertension was not identified, and she was sent home without further follow-up. The next day, she was admitted to the hospital via the emergency department for stroke symptoms, including numbness and weakness on her right side (extremities and face), with confusion and diplopia. She remained hospitalized for four days during which time she continued to experience transient ischemic attacks. The paroxetine eventually was discontinued. She subsequently has recovered without negative sequelae.