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Side Effects of Paxil


Paxil is an antidepressant medication in the class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It is prescribed in the psychotherapy setting for a variety of mental health issues, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social phobia disorder, to name just a few.

What are the Side Effects of Paxil?

Paxil has many reported side effects. Some are serious and some are not so serious. Not every patient will experience them. Some will and some will not.

If you do experience any side effects, especially major mood changes, sleeping problems, or anxiety; or if you feel impulsive, agitated, aggressive, physically or mentally overactive, depressed or you're entertaining thoughts of suicide or otherwise harming yourself, you must contact your doctor or another health professional as soon as possible.

As with any medication, allergic reactions are possible. If they occur they are extremely serious and require emergency medical help right away. Common signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Hives / Skin Rash
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Swelling of the Face
  • Swelling of the Lips
  • Swelling of the Throat
  • Swelling of the Tongue

Serious Side Effects of Paxil

Any person on Paxil who experiences any of the following side effects is urged to contact their doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • Bone pain or bone tenderness;
  • Unusual swelling or easy bruising;
  • Unusual bleeding, for example from the nose or mouth or from the rectum or vagina;
  • Coughing up blood;
  • Nausea and/or vomiting;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Rigid muscles;
  • Fever;
  • Sweating;
  • Rapid or uneven heartbeat;
  • Tremors;
  • Headache;
  • Feeling unsteady, like you may pass out, lose coordination, or faint;
  • Cognitive problems like trouble concentrating, trouble with memory, confusion, hallucinations;
  • Seizure, shallow breathing or breathing that stops;
  • Skin reaction: A fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, then a red or purple skin rash appears on the upper body and leads to blistering and peeling.

Less Serious Side Effects of Paxil

The following is not a complete list of the potential, less serious side effects of Paxil. Furthermore, simply because they are considered less serious shouldn't be taken as their onset is no reason to inform your doctor. You should always keep your doctor informed about any effects you are experiencing from any drug or treatment modality.

  • Headache (mild)
  • Drowsiness or insomnia
  • Restlessness or nervousness;
  • Nausea (mild), constipation, weight changes;
  • Decreased sex drive, impotence, or problems having an orgasm;
  • Dry mouth, yawning, ringing in your ears.
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