Rare Problems With Paxil

Less Common Side Effects of Paxil

Rare side effects of Paxil were reported in 2 to 5 percent of people taking the drug. Some of these side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Flushing (redness of the skin, especially the face)
  • Gas
  • Increased appetite (see Paxil and Weight Gain)
  • Muscle pain
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Sore throat
  • Vision changes
  • Chest pain
  • Back pain
  • Personality changes
  • Muscle spasms
  • Runny or irritated nose
  • Bladder problems
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn or indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Feelings of a rapidly or forcefully beating heart (palpitations)
  • Memory loss (amnesia)
  • Taste changes.


Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Paxil, have been linked to decreased fertility in men. Apparently, the drugs may negatively affect sperm quality. It appears that this effect goes away once the drug is stopped.


Paxil Side Effects: Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the Paxil side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of Paxil, your healthcare provider should be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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