Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride) is an antidepressant that is part of a family of drugs called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paxil is sold as under the name of Seroxat outside of the United States and as Paxil (paroxetine HCl) in the United States.
Paxil is currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults. Paxil may also be used as a treatment for acute social phobia, which is somewhat comparable to an extreme form of shyness.
Paxil Side Effects and Risks
Common side effects include of Paxil include:
- Tremor, nervousness, or anxiety;
- Urinary retention, constipation;
- Tachycardia (sudden, rapid racing of the heart);
- Profuse sweating;
- Postural hypotension (decrease in blood pressure when you sit or stand);
- Nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, or changes in appetite or weight;
- Sleepiness or insomnia;
- Sexual side effects like decreased libido (sex drive), impotence; and
- Social dysfunction.
In addition to these side effects, patients who have taken Paxil were exposed to serious risks that may not have been adequately represented when first prescribed. These risks include:
- Severe birth injuries and birth defects
- Being born with a heart defect
- Suicidal tendencies
It has also been discovered that GlaxoSmithKline may have hidden dangerous facts about this drug and allegedly misrepresented data on prescribing Paxil to children.
If you have suffered serious side effects, including birth defects, as a result of taking Paxil, click to find a Paxil Attorney to represent you today.
You can also find more information about the more disturbing side effects associated with Paxil withdrawal here. You can find more detailed answers to FAQs regarding Paxil here. Additional information regarding Paxil can be found here.
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