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Starting Paxil Side Effects
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 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.
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.
Will the side effects associated with taking Paxil (paroxetine) cr (controlled release) disappear over time?
Depends: That would depend on what the side effect is and how long u have been on the medication. Many treatment emergent side effects such as nausea or headache will resolve over a few days. Other side effects that may come on later, such as loss of sex drive may persist. Please speak to you doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
I'm really scared of taking paxil (paroxetine) for the first time? Does this medicine have really side effects?
Depression, Paxil (paroxetine): Paxil (paroxetine) is a medication for depression. Depression gets better with both Therapy and Medication. Breathing Relaxation, Visual imagery, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Meditation also help with stress. See a Psychiatrist for all modalities of treatment, discuss need of Paxil (paroxetine), benefits and side effects, and the make your decision if you want to take Paxil (paroxetine).
I was taking Paxil (paroxetine) 25 for 7 years no longer works Dr put dose up to 37.5 can I get side effects?
Possibly: But unlikely, as ur system has adjusted to this medication. The only way truly know is to try it.
I take Paxil (paroxetine) 40mg. I am ready to come off of it. How can I come off of Paxil (paroxetine) safely and with the least amount of side effects?
Consult With MD: First and foremost, always consult with the prescribing md before making any changes to your medication regimen. Paxil (generic paroxetine) is well known to cause problems when tapering. One may experience anxiety, insomnia, and flu-like symptoms (known as discontinuation syndrome) when tapering. The key to avoid such problems is to taper slowly and to work closely with one's md. Good luck.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Paxil (paroxetine): Depends on time of pregnancy the exposure occurred. At time of delivery, the newborn is placed in incubater to monitor alertness, vital signs and breathing until all are stable.
Yes: Sexual side effects are relatively common. If this is a problem for you talk to your doctor about switching antidepressants.