Paxil Side Effects
Paxil (generic name, paroxetine HCl) one of the leading prescription
drug treatments for depression and anxiety disorders. It belongs to a class
of prescription drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Paxil for the treatment
of major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety
disorder (SAD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic
stress disorder (PTSD).
Paxil Side Effects
As with other prescription drugs, Paxil's side effects can never be anticipated
for every individual that uses it. Below we detail some possible Paxil side
effects, and if you are taking Paxil and notice any develop, or any that are
particularly intense or troubling, be sure to let a doctor know immediately.
Over a four to six week period of taking Paxil, you may find some side effects
less troublesome (nausea and dizziness, for example) than others (dry mouth,
drowsiness, and weakness).
Common Paxil Side Effects
Dry mouth, gas, impotence, male and female genital disorders, abnormal ejaculation,
abnormal orgasm, constipation, decreased appetite, sweating, tremor, weakness,
decreased sex drive, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, nervousness,
Less Common Paxil Side Effects
Muscle tenderness or weakness, pounding heartbeat, vomiting, weight gain,
vertigo, rash, ringing in ears, abdominal pain, abnormal dreams, abnormal
vision, agitation, altered taste sensation, blurred vision, burning or tingling
sensation, drugged feeling, emotional instability, headache, increased appetite,
infection, itching, joint pain, sinus inflammation, tightness in throat, twitching,
upset stomach, urinary disorders, yawning.
Rare Paxil Side Effects
Increased salivation, increased sex drive, inflamed gums, inflamed mouth or
tongue, abnormal thinking, acne, alcohol abuse, allergic reaction, asthma,
belching, blood and lymph abnormalities, breast pain, bronchitis, chills,
colitis, difficulty swallowing, dry skin, ear pain, exaggerated sense of well-being,
swelling, teeth grinding, thirst, urinary disorders, vaginal inflammation,
eye pain or inflammation, face swelling, fainting, generally ill feeling,
hair loss, hallucinations, heart and circulation problems, high blood pressure,
hostility, hyperventilation, lack of emotions, menstrual problems, migraine,
movement disorders, neck pain, nosebleeds, paranoid and manic reactions, poor
coordination, respiratory infections, sensation disorders, shortness of breath,
skin disorders, stomach inflammation, vision problems, weight loss.
Special Paxil Precautions
Dangerous and sometimes even fatal reactions are possible when Paxil is combined
with thioridazine (Mellaril) or other drugs classified as monoamine oxidase
(MAO) inhibitors, such as the antidepressants Nardil and Parnate. Never take
Paxil with any of these medications, or within 2 weeks of starting or stopping
use of an MAO inhibitor. You should also avoid Paxil if it gives you an allergic
Paxil should be used cautiously by individuals with a history of manic disorders
and those with high pressure in the eyes (glaucoma). If you have a history
of seizures, ensure that your doctor knows about it. Paxil should be used
with caution in this situation. If you develop seizures once therapy has begun,
the use of Paxil should be discontinued. If you have a disease or condition
that affects your metabolism or blood circulation, the doctor should also
be made aware of this. Paxil should be used cautiously in this situation.
Paxil may impair your judgment, thinking, or motor skills. Do not drive, operate
dangerous machinery, or participate in any hazardous activity that requires
full mental alertness until you are sure that this drug is not affecting you
in this way.
It's best to avoid an abrupt discontinuation of Paxil therapy. It may lead
to symptoms such as abnormal dreams, dizziness, and tingling sensations. To
prevent such problems, your doctor should look to reduce your dose gradually.
If Paxil is taken with certain other drugs or substances, the effects of either
could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check
with your doctor before combining Paxil with any of the following drugs
or substances - Alcohol; Antidepressants such as Elavil, Tofranil, Norpramin,
Pamelor, Prozac; Cimetidine (Tagamet); Diazepam (Valium); Digoxin (Lanoxin);
Flecainide (Tambocor); Lithium (Eskalith); Phenobarbital; Phenytoin (Dilantin);
Procyclidine (Kemadrin); Propafenone (Rythmol); Propranolol (Inderal, Inderide);
Quinidine (Quinaglute); Sumatriptan (Imitrex); Tryptophan; Warfarin (Coumadin).
Warning: This information is intended to
supplement, not be a substitute for the expertise and judgment of
a doctor. Please consult a doctor for final and more detailed information
about the possible side effects of this prescription medication.