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What is Paxil?

Paxil® is an agent in a newer class of antidepressant medication known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It is approved only for adults 18 years and over.

Paxil is also called paroxetine HCl. It is manufactured by Glaxo Smith Kline.

How does Paxil work?

Researchers believe that depression and anxiety disorders are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Paxil helps restore the chemical imbalance.

Who Should Not Take Paxil?

You should not take Paxil if you are currently taking MAOIs or thioridazine.

Side Effects of Paxil

Some of the common side effects are:

  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • decreased appetite
  • sleepiness
  • dizziness
  • abnormal vision
  • sexual side effects

Emergency Side Effects

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Paxil and call your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment:

  • worsening depression
  • thoughts of suicide
  • sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior

Paxil has been linked to suicide and violent behavior.

Symptoms of Overdose

Symptoms of a Paxil overdose include dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, tremors, confusion, rapid heart beat, vomiting and coma. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of an overdose, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

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