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Paxil belongs to the class of drugs known as selective serotonin and is primarily used as an anti-depressant. Paxil affects the chemicals present in the brain in order to treat depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD as well as post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
Things to keep in mind before prescribing this medicine:
Talk with your doctor in case you are having an increased risk of suicidal thoughts in the very beginning of the treatment. Special monitoring and supervision of the patients are required during the first couple of weeks of Paxil treatment in order to find out whether the patients are showing any symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts. In addition to this, special responsibility lies on the patient’s family to note the changes in his mood. You need to contact the doctor immediately in case you experience the following symptoms: –
• Frequent changes in the mood
• Panic attacks
• Severe restlessness
• Self-harming and suicidal tendencies
Administration of Paxil should be avoided during the time of pregnancy as it might cause serious heart defects and lung problems in the newborn babies. Paxil should not be taken along with thioridazine, pimozide or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor such as phenelzine, isocarboxazid, tranylcypromine, rasagiline and selegiline. Paxil falls under FDA pregnancy category D which means that it can cause serious heart defects or severe lung problems in newborn babies if the mother takes this medicine during pregnancy. Moreover, Paxil can pass into the breast milk and can harm the baby so this medicine should also be avoided during breast feeding a baby.
What are the possible side effects associated with Paxil?
Paxil may exhibit various types of side effects such as the following: –
• Allergic reactions that may lead to hives, swelling of face, lips, tongue and throat, breathing problems;
• Mood changes, panic attacks, anxiety, aggressiveness, trouble sleeping, agitation, irritability, restlessness, mania, suicidal thoughts;
• Seizure, tremors, muscle stiffness, shivering;
• Confusion, agitation, fast heart beat, problems with balance.