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Paxil Side Effects Elderly
Maybe: Sexual side effects are relatively common. If you just started it is possible, but usually these side effects are persistent. One option is to use another antidepressant. Viagra or similar medications may be used, especially if Paxil (paroxetine) is effective and other antidepressants have failed. ...Read more
I've been taking Paxil (paroxetine) for 2 weeks now, most of the side effects have went away.. Except for the shaking. Is this normal?
Does lexapro or Paxil (paroxetine) have more side effects? Which will give me an easier time and easier discontinuation when I eventually do.
I have been on Paxil (paroxetine) CR 4 weeks (1 week at 12.5/3 at 25). How long for side effects (increased anxiety) to subside? How long to work? Increase?
Maybe 2 weeks: It may take a couple of weeks for your body to get adjusted to the antidepressant. Initial symptoms Include an increase in anxiety, nausea, diarrhea and restlessness. If you stick to your prescribed regimen those initial symptoms will go away. Good luck with your treatment and remember it may take about 4-6 weeks before you start to see changes in your mood with the antidepressant-don't give up! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Most patients do not experience side effects. For those that do, increasing the dose can lead to fear and reluctance. I always counsel patients, about to increase their medication, to recall any side effects when they started the med. They should expect the same side effects but to a lesser degree and shorter time. This occurs because the relative change in dose is smaller with each increase. ...Read more
Agitation, nausea: headache, "altered" sense of surroundings, weight gain, decreased libido, retarded ejaculation, sleep problems and some of the first ones that come to mind. What worries me more is when patients stop taking Paxil abruptly, and have "brain zaps" and a cluster of intense flu-like symptoms. (This can also occur with Effexor, (venlafaxine) Cymbalta and to a lesser extent with Celexa and Zoloft). Go to a PDR. ...Read more
Paxil (paroxetine): Side effects include:suicidality, depression, seratonin syndrome, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, withdrawal syndrome, mania, seizures, hypronatremia, siadh, abnormal bleeding, glaucoma, pulmonary fibrosis, anaphylactic rxns, hypoglycemia, vasculitis, stevens-johnson syndrome, teratogenicity, others like nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, abnormal vision, tremor and others. ...Read more
Avoid in pregnancy: Paxil (paroxetine) has an fda rating of "d" (there is evidence of potential risk to the fetus). Paxil (paroxetine) may cause heart defects or serious lung problems in a newborn if taken during pregnancy. Some babies may experience a "discontinuation syndrome" after birth. Take only the medications during pregnancy that a physician or psychiatrist directs you to take. ...Read more
None: If you are tolerating it and responding to it then there is nothing wrong with being on it indefinitely. There are no known long term side effects and it has been around for a long time. I usually try to stop it 1-2 years after the first episode. With recurrent episodes i recommend staying on it. ...Read more
Report to your doc: Whenever any medications being adjusted upward, side effects must be monitored more closely. For ssri's watch for any irritability, anxiety, disturbance of sleep, gastric discomfort, or headache. Also the blackbox warning states to watch for any increase in suicidal thinking or behaviors consistent with that type of thinking. Remember only a small percentage of people will get side effects. ...Read more
SSRI side effects: Paxil (paroxetine) is a typical selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Side effects are typically stomach upset, nausea, diarhea. These are ususally temporary as people get used to them. Some decreased libido and delayed orgasm is also common. Paxil (paroxetine) has more withdrawal symptoms of dizziness if a day is missed. Also there are several drug interactions that are not true of other ssri. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Paxil (paroxetine): If you are having disturbing or uncomfortable side effects, discuss lowering your dose of Paxil (paroxetine) with your doctor. If this doesn't work or you cannot be effectively treated for your mental health condition on a lower dose, consider having your doctor switch you to another medication. ...Read more
I have been on Paxil (paroxetine) for over 5 years, how can I stop without all the terrible side effects?
Slowly taper off: You have to slowly taper off by gradally reducing the dose and reduce the frequency over few weeks. ...Read more