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Is it safe to take aspirin or ibuprofen if I'm taking Paxil?

Aspirin, ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may not be safe to take with the antidepressant Paxil (paroxetine). The combination of NSAIDs and Paxil may raise your risk for abnormal bleeding, resulting in problems ranging from bruises and hematomas (blood-filled swollen areas) to life-threatening hemorrhages.  

Before you start taking Paxil, give your doctor a list of all of your medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and dietary and herbal supplements to minimize your risk of potentially dangerous interactions.

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