Welcome to Healthcare Magic and thanks for your question...
Now, let me address some of the issues that seem to be bothering you. Paxil (Paroxetine
) is a medication belonging to the class of anti-depressants called SSRIs (others are Fluoxetine
, Escitalopram,etc) - basically the newer generation anti-depressants which have been found to have relatively lesser side effects.
Usually, the decision to prescribe medication for depressive symptoms is based on the severity of the symptoms as well as the patient's preference. In your case, you seem to have been dealing with depression
for quite some time and also seem to have anxiety / panic symptoms as well. I quess your doctor has made a decision to start you on medication as the symptoms are prolonged and may have been causing you significant distress.
As far as Paxil goes, it is a medication with proven efficacy for depression, panic disorder and certain other anxiety disorders also. Now, just like any medication, Paxil also has a few side effects - usually these are minor and tend to disappear within a few weeks time. Some of the common ones are gastritis
, temporary increase in anxiety (which subsides with time), some sexual side effects, etc.
But remember, just because the drug info gives you a list of possible side effects, it doen't mean that you are going to experience all of them. I am not sure which side effect that you have read about is scaring you or whether you are actually experiencing any... One more thing is that usually people tend to get very worried about the "Black box warning" (which comes with all SSRIs, including Paxil) regarding the possible adverse effect of increasing suicidal ideas specifically in children and teens. From my clinical experience as a psychiatrist
, I can tell you that though this means applying caution when prescribing them to young people, most psychiatrists find that in adults, the benefits of treating the depression usually outweigh the small risk involved. (because untreated depression itself is a huge risk for suicidality and a other morbidity)
So, if your doctor felt that you needed medication, it may be a good idea to continue them, without getting excessively worried, but do keep a eye out for any side effects and report them promptly to your doctor.
All the best.
Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar