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Uses of Paxil and Side Effects

written by: AlyssaAst•edited by: Emma Lloyd•updated: 3/30/2011

Paxil is an antidepressant that can treat chemical imbalances in the brain. There are numerous uses for paxil and the side effects are normally not severe. This medication can benefit a number of mood disorders.

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    Paxil (paroxetine) is categorized in a group of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). This medication works by correcting serotonin imbalances in the brain. Serotonin is responsible for balancing moods. When there is an imbalance of serotonin levels, many mood disorders can occur.

    Paxil is commonly prescribed to treat obsessive compulsive disorders and anxiety disorders. It can also be prescribed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Paxil is often prescribed for the treatment of premenstrual dysphonic disorder.

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    Paxil Warnings

    Although Paxil is very beneficial, there are some warnings that are associated with the start of using this medication. Suicidal thoughts can increase when first using this medication, but should cease after using the medication for a while. It is important to speak with a doctor if symptoms worsen, extreme behavior changes occur, or you begin experiencing anxiety or panic attacks. If you develop complications with sleeping, aggressive behavior, or begin having lung problems you should also seek the advice of a doctor.

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    Paxil Precautions

    Certain health precautions may be taken into consideration before taking this medication. Prior health conditions can make this medication harmful to use. It is important to inform the doctor if you have experienced kidney or liver disease, disorders of the blood, or seizures. If you have had a history of drug abuse, manic depression, or suicidal thoughts this medication may not be right for you. You should not take this medication if you are pregnant because fetal defects are known to occur. It can also transmit through breast milk; therefore, breast feeding mothers should not take Paxil.

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    Paxil Use

    Paxil should be taken as a whole and at the same time every day. This medication may take up to four weeks to become fully effective, if used properly. If you stop taking this medication, you may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms.

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    Paxil and Side Effects

    Taking paxil and side effects of this medication are associated with use. Common side effects of paxil include nervous sensations, dizziness, and drowsiness. Insomnia and weight changes are known to occur. Nausea and constipation are common symptoms of Paxil. You can experience a decreased sex drive and impotence. It is also common to experience yawning, tinnitus, and dry mouth.

    Rare side effects of this medication can occur as well. Rare side effects of paxil include easy bleeding and bruising. You can experience muscle stiffness, altered heart beat, fever, and sweating. You may develop tremors, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite due to this medication. Loss of coordination and balance are rare side effects of Paxil. You may experience trouble concentrating, memory complications, confusion and hallucinations. Fainting and breathing complications may also occur.

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    Paxil Interactions

    Paxil is known to interact with a number of medications, both prescribed and over the counter. This medication can interact with allergy and cold medications, narcotic pain medications, and muscle relaxers. Sleeping pills, seizure medications, and other antidepressants can interact with paxil.

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