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Dangers of Paxil

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Paxil is a prescription drug that is used to treat depression.

Is Paxil Dangerous?

While there are numerous side effects of Paxil that can affect any patient physically, emotionally, and psychologically, it may be even more dangerous when prescribed to children and adolescents. 

What are the Side Effects of Taking Paxil?

There is a large spectrum of Paxil side effects, ranging from mild to very severe.  The possible Paxil side effects include, but are not limited to:

  •   drowsiness
  •   asthenia (lack of physical strength)
  •   tremors
  •   nervousness
  •   dizziness
  •   insomnia
  •   profuse sweating
  •   ejaculatory delay
  •   weight loss
  •   traumatic bone fractures
  •   akinesia (temporary and painful muscle paralysis)
  •   mania
  •   paranoia

How Dangerous are the Psychological Side Effects of Paxil?

The side effects of Paxil can be very dangerous.  Patients can experience violent outbursts and suicidal thoughts and tendencies.  Intense psychological side effects can occur even after only a few days of taking Paxil, or within a few days of an increase in dosage.

Why May Paxil Be More Dangerous for Children?

Recent studies have indicated that children treated with Paxil are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts compared to those children who were given a placebo.  Also, clinical trials suggest that Paxil is not effective in treating Major Depressive Disorder in children.

Should I Stop Taking Paxil?

If you are experiencing side effects from taking Paxil you should not stop taking the drug or decrease the dosage unless instructed to do so by a doctor.  The Paxil side effects may be temporarily relieved by stopping the medication, but Paxil withdrawal symptoms are often much worse that the Paxil side effects.  The effects of Paxil withdrawal are so serious that patients are sometimes required to stay on the drug. 

Should I Consult a Lawyer if I Have Taken Paxil?

If you or a loved one is suffering from Paxil side effects, you should immediately consult a physician.  If you believe that you have been injured by Paxil side effects you should speak with a products liability attorney experienced in dealing with unsafe drugs.  Your legal rights depend upon your contacting an attorney within a timely manner after the discovery that you are suffering from Paxil side effects.  If your child has been prescribed Paxil for depression, you also may be entitled to compensation.  Contact an attorney today to learn your rights, and find out if you could be involved in a class action lawsuit against the makers of Paxil.

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, LegalMatch Law Library Managing Editor and Attorney at Law

Last Modified: 08-06-2012 04:32 PM PDT

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