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Common Side Effects

Paroxetine has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
 
In these studies, the most common side effects of paroxetine included:
 
  • Ejaculation problems -- occurring in up to 28 percent of people (see Paxil Sexual Side Effects)
  • Nausea -- up to 26 percent 
  • Insomnia -- up to 24 percent
  • Drowsiness -- up to 24 percent
  • Weakness -- up to 22 percent 
  • Dry mouth -- up to 18 percent
  • Headache -- up to 18 percent
  • Constipation -- up to 16 percent
  • Decreased sex drive (libido) -- up to 15 percent (see Paxil Sexual Side Effects)
  • Increased sweating -- up to 14 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 14 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 12 percent
  • Shakiness (tremor) -- up to 11 percent.
     
Other common side effects (reported in 5 to 9 percent of people) include:
 
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