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A 21-year-old female asked:

why does paxil (paroxetine) make me jittery and eat more?

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Dr. Enrique Madrigal-segura
Psychiatry 54 years experience
5-HT receptors: SSRI's like Paroxetine both activate or inhibit multiple serotinergic (5-HT), receptors. At least 4 of them regulate appetite and some anxiety and agitation (jitters). Side effects affect people somewhat differently. Some get a significant desirable antidepressant or other therapeutic goals, and some others experience side effects such as agitation or increased appetite and other undesirable SE's.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

Can using Paxil (paroxetine) cause melanosis coli?

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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
No: Melanosis coli is seen on colonoscopy. It describes the appearance of the colon in patients who have been abusing anthraquinone laxatives. These laxatives stain the wall of the colon after weeks of abuse.
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A 40-year-old female asked:

How do you know when you don't need to take the Paxil (paroxetine) pill no more?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Under doctors advice: Paxil (paroxetine) is an effective antidepressant medication. When no longer depressed, and when utilizing another treatment method (counseling, exercise, meditation, self help reading, etc.), and having taken the Paxil (paroxetine) for at least 4 months, and no major holidays or anniversaries of significant or traumatic events are approaching and you have your doctor's permission and supervision, it is ok to taper off.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

I get constant headaches that don't seem to go away. I stopped taking my Paxil (paroxetine) prescription about 3 weeks ago could this be the cause of my headaches?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Rapid withdrawl paxi: Yes, that is a possibility. Stopping Paxil (paroxetine) and other anti-depressants suddenly can cause a great many symptoms, and headache is one of them. You should call your doctor who prescribed this medication and discuss your current problem.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of taking Paxil (paroxetine) for hot falshes?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Weight gain: Ssri's like Paxil (paroxetine) can cause weight gain, dizziness, toouch or too little sleep, among other side effects.
A member asked:

Is it safe to stop taking Paxil (paroxetine) after using it for 10 years?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Corrado
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Possibly yes: Although not an addictive substance like a narcotic, suddenly stopping a drug like Paxil (paroxetine) after long term use can cause problems. It is best to discuss this with your doctor and work out a schedule to withdraw the medication gradually from your body. This will avoid sudden reoccurance of symptoms for which the medication was given in the first place.

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