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Paxil (Paroxetine)
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Paxil (Paroxetine) Side Effects

The front and back of two Paxil tablets.
The FDA requires a black box warning to be included on the packaging insert of Paxil due to a higher risk of suicidal thinking among users of Paxil as well as all other SSRI medications. The black box warning is an indication of an increased risk of severe or life-threatening complications. At the beginning of 2012, the FDA released a statement warning pregnant women against taking Paxil along with 9 other anti-depressants during pregnancy, as doing so increases the risk of serious birth defects. Other Paxil side effects include:
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Insomnia
  • Increased sweating
  • Tremor
  • Diarrhea
  • Sexual Side Effects (Reported more often than with other ssris)
  • Anxiety
  • Upper respiratory ailments
  • Pathological Laughter
  • Vaginal Anaesthesia
One of the rarest and possibly life-threatening Paxil side effects is serotonin syndrome, a serious and sometimes deadly reaction to too much serotonin in the body. Symptoms occur within minutes to hours of onset and includes:
  • Agitation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of coordination and Hallucinations
  • Over reactive reflexes
  • Tremor, or
  • Confusion
Taking Paxil with other serotogenic agents increases the risk of serotonin syndrome. If you begin exhibiting these symptoms after taking Paxil, seek medical attention immediately and report your experiences. Also, if you have any questions whatsoever about Paxil, or Paxil side effects, speak to your doctor.  Doing so may prevent severe or life-threatening complications.