Aug 11, 2014

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Side Effects of Paxil

Just as with other antidepressants, Paxil (generic name Paroxetine) have side effects that can either be mild or detrimental to the patient’s health. Paxil is used to help alleviate the symptoms of depression and other mental and mood disorders. It helps improve the mood, appetite, energy levels, sleep, and general outlook of patients who suffer from depression or other mood disorders. Paxil is a member of SSRIs which helps balance the chemicals in the brain, making the patients more capable of handling their moods. Although SSRIs have generally same side effects, the different chemical composition can make Paxil user experience different sets of side effects than other SSRIs. Most of these side effects tend to go away after using the treatment for a few weeks, but it they persist or worsen through time it would be advised to talk with your doctor regarding a lower dosage or possible change of prescription.

Common side effects of Paxil are nausea, dry mouth, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, and agitation/restlessness or nervousness. Patients may also experience loss of libido and decreased sexual performance, insomnia and drowsiness. Paxil has been known to cause significant weight gain to patients. These can go away after a few weeks. There are severe side effects from taking antidepressants such as Paxil, these include: having unusual pain or tenderness of the bones, easy bruising or coughing up blood/unusual bleeding, muscles becoming very stiff, confusion, high fever, hallucinations, slurred speech, overactive reflexes, or severe skin reactions. These must be immediately reported to your doctor to have them properly adjust your medication or stop treatment.

It is normal for people taking Paxil to have thoughts of suicide after taking Paxil for a few weeks, which is why it is necessary for doctors to monitor their patients. If the feelings or mood/behavior changes, aggression, or panic attacks do seem to worsen or new symptoms arise, your doctor should be informed in order to have them properly treated. All medications have their side effects, which is why despite the risks doctors still prescribe these medications because they believe the benefits outweighs the risks. However, if the side effects are taking over your health, you should seek a healthier option by asking your doctors for an alternative treatment.

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