Paxil (also known as paroxetine) is an anti-depressant drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Paxil received FDA approval in 1992 and is used to treat depression, panic disorders, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. Paxil is among the most popular anti-depressants with over 19 million written prescriptions.

How does Paxil work?

Paxil is categorized as a Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor (SSRI). Serotonin levels in the brain affect a person’s mood. The brain’s serotonin level increases when a satisfying event occurs. Conversely, depression occurs with low levels of serotonin. Paxil and other SSRI drugs treat depression by pumping serotonin into the brain increasing the serotonin level and satisfaction.

Who should not use Paxil?

  • Patients with a history of seizures, glaucoma, poor circulation, kidney, or liver problems
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Patients taking or those who have recently taken an Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MOAI)
  • Patients suffering from heart disease
  • Patients under eighteen years old or older than sixty

Paxil Side Effects

Paxil has been linked to severe dangers and side effects. There have been reports of fatal overdoses and withdrawals. Paxil’s side effects can physically, psychologically, and emotionally injure a patient.

Significant Paxil side effects include:

  • Ventricular/Atrial Septal Defect
  • Prolapsed Heart Valve
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Club Foot
  • Premature Births
  • Suicide
  • Withdrawals
  • Heart Problems
  • Lung Damage

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Published November 17, 2011 by