Side Effects

  1. Nausea,
  2. vomiting,
  3. drowsiness,
  4. dizziness,
  5. diarrhea,
  6. trouble sleeping,
  7. yawning,
  8. constipation, or dry mouth may occur.

Less common serious side effects:

  1. loss of appetite,
  2. unusual or severe mental/mood changes,
  3. increased sweating/flushing,
  4. unusual fatigue,
  5. uncontrolled movements (tremor),
  6. decreased interest in sex, changes in sexual ability.

Uncommon but serious side effects occur:

  1. black stools,
  2. blurred vision,
  3. change in amount of urine,
  4. “coffee ground” vomit,
  5. easy bruising/bleeding.

Rare side effects:

  1. fainting,
  2. irregular heartbeat,
  3. muscle pain,
  4. trouble swallowing,
  5. unusual swelling,
  6. seizures,
  7. tingling or numbness of the hands/feet.
  8. Paroxetine may infrequently cause suicidal thoughts or self-harm urges in children or teenagers up to 18 years of age.
  9. Males: In the very unlikely event you have a painful, prolonged erection, stop using this drug and seek immediate medical attention or permanent problems could occur.

Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include:

  1. rash,
  2. itching,
  3. swelling,
  4. severe dizziness,
  5. trouble breathing.

In December 2006, FDA’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee agreed that labeling changes were needed to inform health care professionals about the increased risk of suicidality in younger adults using antidepressants.
Source: FDA Press Release #P07–77, May 2, 2007
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today proposed that makers of all antidepressant medications update the existing black box warning on their products’ labeling to include warnings about increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior, known as suicidality, in young adults ages 18 to 24 during initial treatment (generally the first one to two months).


  1. This medication is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used to treate depression,
  2. panic attacks,
  3. social anxiety disorder (social phobia),
  4. and a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder- PMDD).

SSRI’s work by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain (neurotransmitters).



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