Paxil (Paroxetine) is an antidepressant used to treat major depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), social anxiety disorder (social phobia), and general anxiety disorder. Paxil has been linked to a variety of side effects, some of which we have listed below for your convenience.
Paxil and Withdrawal
Patients using Paxil have found it very difficult to stop taking the drug, even when slowly reducing the dose. Some patients have complained of intense stomach pains, diarrhea, intense anxiety, anger, migraines, and odd electrical impulses whenever they move their head or eyes.
A recent independent study found as many as 50% of Paxil users experienced significant withdrawal symptoms. Although other drugs in the same class (Prozac and Zoloft) cause similar withdrawal reactions, none of them cause the same intense effects as Paxil.
Paxil and Suicidal Tendencies
The FDA has issued warnings stating that Paxil has been linked to increased suicidal thoughts and violence in children and teenagers.
On May 12, 2006, the FDA issued a new warning to the public concerned an increased suicide risk in young adults aged 18-30.
The FDA warns us that all patients, especially young adults and those who are improving, do not suddenly stop taking Paxil. Those who do stop taking Paxil should be under medical supervision to gradually reduce their dose.
Paxil and Birth Defects
Women who are pregnant or who are trying to get pregnant should avoid taking Paxil. Studies have concluded that women who take Paxil during their first trimester have an increased chance that their baby may develop a heart defect.
Paxil has been linked to Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension. Newborn (PPHN) is a condition which affects the heart and lungs of newborn babies. Due to constricted blood vessels (which cuts off oxygen to the blood), babies are unable to breathe properly, which can cause brain and/or kidney damage.
Paxil and Valvular Heart Disease
Recent studies have prompted Cellino & Barnes to begin investigating whether there is a link between Paxil and valvular heart disease.
A recent Duke University study determined patients with heart disease, who take antidepressants, had an increased risk of fatality.
Researchers have yet to completely determine why antidepressants increase the risk of death in these patients, but their findings were statistically significant.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of taking Paxil, we can help you. Call us now at (800) 888-8888 or contact us.