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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, sleeplessness, vertigo.

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 reaction.

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.
 
 
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