Common Paxil side effects may include headache, fatigue, muscle weakness, heart palpitations, sweating, skin rash, nausea, upset stomach, dry mouth, constipation, and diarrhea.
Paxil can also result in decreased appetite, insomnia, sleep disturbances, sleepiness, dizziness, nervousness, anxiety, tremors, and confusion.
More serious side effects may include any of the following symptoms: hallucinations, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty breathing, seizures, fever, and skin irritations.
Other serious side effects may include blurred vision, tremors, unsteady gait, severe or sudden nausea or vomiting, difficulty swallowing, or swelling in body parts such as the tongue, throat, face, legs, hands, or feet.
These symptoms can be an indication of serotonin syndrome, which is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition.
If you experience these serious side effects, contact your prescribing doctor immediately or seek emergency medical attention.
What Is Paxil?
Paxil is a prescription medication used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Side effects may occur in a small number of people when they first begin taking this medication.
Signs of overdose may include the following signs: fever, coma, nausea, upset stomach, drowsiness, tremors, rapid pulse, confusion, psychosis, vomiting, blurred vision, extreme fatigue, stomach pain, flu-like symptoms, agitation, diarrhea, sweating, fever, difficulty urinating, loss of appetite, abnormal gait, or difficulty walking or moving.
Seek emergency medical attention or call 911 if you experience these symptoms.
Do not stop taking this medication abruptly or withdrawal may result. Symptoms of withdrawal may include sudden mood changes, depression, insomnia, anxiety, irritation, confusion, dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, and sweating.
If you experience these symptoms, report them to your doctor right away.
In some young people one of the most serious Paxil side effects may be suicidal thoughts. If this occurs, seek immediate medical attention. As a result, this medication is not typically prescribed for those under 18 years of age. However, some doctors may carefully consider prescribing it for some young patients on a case-by-case basis.
In addition, Paxil should not be combined with any MAO inhibitor medications such as Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate. Read the full Paxil warning.
Paxil And Pregnancy
There may be risks to developing fetuses when taking Paxil during pregnancy. Read this special warning about the risks of combining Paxil and pregnancy.
Mixing With Alcohol
It is not recommended that one mix this medication with alcohol because it can increase Paxil side effects. Read about the possible health risks that can occur when mixing Paxil and alcohol.
It is important to remember that psychiatric medications affect everyone differently. What was a negative experience for one individual taking Paxil may be the perfection solution for another individual.
Sometimes there is a bit of trial and error involved in finding the right balance between effectiveness and side effects. As always, work with your doctor to receive optimum treatment. Ask questions, report any adverse side effects, and take an active role in your treatment.