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Visual and auditory hallucinations with excessive intake of paroxetine.

Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences (Impact Factor: 1.62). 11/2003; 57(5):548-9. DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1819.2003.01163.x
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