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Due to the complexity of this drug and how it works, patients are routinely monitored for side effects and adverse reactions.
They may also depend on the type of patient (age, weight, sex, ethnicity, etc.) and can range in severity from very minor or common side-effects to more severe or major events that can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Taking Paxil as prescribed is important to reduce these risks.
Common Side Effects of Paxil
People taking Paxil for Major Depressive Disorder and other indications may experience the following side effects:
- feeling anxious or trouble sleeping
- sexual problems
- not feeling hungry
- dry mouth
Paxil Boxed Warning and Label Updates
In October of 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked manufacturers of certain antidepressant drugs to include in their labeling a “boxed” warning statement that recommends close observation of adult and pediatric patients treated with these agents for worsening depression or thoughts of suicide.
Paxil (paroxetine) was included in this warning and the labeling was subsequently changed to reflect this. 1