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How can I minimize the side effects of Paxil CR?

There are several things you can do to minimize the possible side effects of the antidepressant Paxil CR (paroxetine):
  • Give your doctor a detailed medical history, including conditions that run in your family, medical problems you have or had in the past, and lifestyle habits (whether you smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, etc.).
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Paxil CR may harm your developing fetus if taken during pregnancy. If you find out you are pregnant while taking Paxil, call your doctor.
  • Make a list of your other medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and supplements, and give it to your doctor before you take Paxil CR. Once you start Paxil CR, do not take any new medication or supplement without consulting your doctor first.
  • Take Paxil CR as instructed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of it or take it more or less frequently than your doctor recommends. Do not stop taking Paxil CR without talking to your doctor first. Stopping the drug suddenly may increase your risk of side effects. Do not chew, cut or crush Paxil CR tablets or take cracked or chipped tablets.
  • Keep your appointments. Your doctor may monitor you closely, particularly when you start taking Paxil CR, to see how you respond to the medicine and to adjust your dose if necessary.
Call your doctor at the earliest sign of these symptoms:
  • blurred vision
  • changes in mood or behavior, such as acting impulsively, aggressively, or violently; new or worse depression or anxiety; symptoms of mania (restlessness, agitation, fast talking, racing thoughts); suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • symptoms of serotonin syndrome (a condition in which the brain has too much of the chemical neurotransmitter serotonin), including hallucinations, agitation, racing heartbeat, high or low blood pressure, sweating or fever, vomiting or diarrhea, coordination problems, muscle stiffness or twitching
  • signs of allergic reaction -- trouble breathing, hives or skin rash, fever, joint pain, swelling of the face, tongue, eyes or mouth
  • abnormal bleeding
  • seizures or convulsions
  • symptoms of low sodium levels in the blood, including headache, weakness or feeling unsteady, confusion, trouble concentrating, memory problems
  • trouble urinating or changes in frequency of urination
  • numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands, arms, feet or legs
Talk to your doctor for more information about Paxil and ways to take it safely.

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