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Anxiety and Stress Disorders

Side Effects Paroxatine

10/30/2006

Question:

Are there any side affects when using Paroxatine?

Answer:

All medications can have side effects.  Paroxetine (or Paxil) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), similar to fluoxetine (prozac) and sertraline (zoloft) among others.

All the SSRIs may increase the risk of suicidality in children or teens with a severe depression, especially during the first month of treatment.  In these cases, it is very important that the patient be followed closely by their doctor.

Milder reactions include some nausea, sleepiness, headache or dry mouth.  The SSRIs also have potential for sexual side effects in both men and women, generally at higher doses and after taking the medication for a while.

Talk to your pharmacist or physician about whether you are at risk for an specific side effects based on your health and other medications you take.

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Response by:

Nancy   Elder, MD Nancy Elder, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati