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Dangers of Paxil

There are many dangers of Paxil that patients should be aware of before they begin a treatment regiment that includes the use of Paxil. Paxil is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) that was approved by the FDA in 1993 to treat a variety of emotional conditions including depression, general and social anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

There are some people for whom the dangers of Paxil outweigh its intended benefits. The dangers of Paxil may make the following patients poor candidates for Paxil treatment: people with a history of seizures, glaucoma, poor circulation, kidney, and liver problems, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people who have had problems with similar medications, people under the age of eighteen or older than sixty, and people who are taking or have recently taken MAO inhibitors or other drugs that interact with Paxil. People who consume alcohol might also experience the dangers of Paxil.

The dangers of Paxil also warn patients about the adverse side effects of a Paxil overdose. In the last decade there have been nearly 500 accounts of Paxil overdose; 49 of which resulted in fatality. The largest reported overdose of Paxil that was survived was thirty-three times the maximum recommended dose of Paxil (at 2000 milligrams). There are several dangers of Paxil overdose including the following health symptoms: somnolence, coma, rapid heart beat, tremors, convulsions, vomiting, confusion, nausea, aggression, renal failure, and much more. To avoid the dangers of Paxil overdose, it is important to take Paxil exactly how it is prescribed by your doctor. If you suspect a Paxil overdose it is vital to seek medical attention immediately.

The potential side effects of taking Paxil are also a major concern surrounding the use of this drug. The dangers of Paxil side effects pose a threat to the physical and emotional well being of patients who take this medication. Dangers of Paxil side effects can include the development or worsening of emotional conditions, sexual dysfunction, aggression, agitation, anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness, gastrointestinal complications, and a variety of other concerns.

The dangers of Paxil can be serious in relation to withdrawal symptoms that can be experienced when one discontinues the use of Paxil. Negative withdrawal symptoms can range from flu-like discomforts to extreme physical and emotional anguish. The dangers of Paxil withdrawal can last for days or several months and may include these symptoms: insomnia, abnormal dreams, anxiety, "zapping" sensations throughout the entire body, profuse sweating, and aggressive, violent or suicidal thoughts or actions.

The dangers of Paxil have been the subject of numerous lawsuits in recent years. In 2000, a California lawsuit charged GlaxoSmithKline (Paxil's maker) with failing to warn the public about the dangers of Paxil after patients experienced extremely damaging withdrawal side effects. In response to lawsuits of this nature, Paxil labeling now includes information about the dangers of Paxil withdrawal.

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