Paxil Overview: Paxil Side Effects and Claims

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Paxil, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, is one of several selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on the market. Paxil was first approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) in 1993, and an estimated 70 million Paxil prescriptions have been filled worldwide, bringing GlaxoSmithKline around $3 billion in annual profit. Paxil is prescribed for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder. The Paxil claim is that increased levels of serotonin in the spaces between brain cells and that these increased levels allow more efficient transmission of electrical signals to the brain and increases a patient’s feelings of well being.

Several studies have found that SSRI drugs have serious side effects, but that Paxil has a greater risk of side effects than other SSRIs. Paxil has been the subject of FDA warnings on suicide in children and adolescents and for the danger of birth defects. A recent study has implicated Paxil in a new form of birth defect. See Paxil Information and Warnings for study results and Drug Warnings: Paxil Side Effects and Risks for information about official warnings on the safety of Paxil.

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