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    Hi! I am a little grumped about involuntary neck and shoulder muscle twitching that just started up about a week ago! I called a pharmacist who said that this is NOT a side effect of Paxil.

    I have been taking Paxil for almost 6 years now which really helps my OCD a lot. I have also noticed clumsiness and muscle weakness a lot(for the past 6 years) The neck twitching has been only in the last week!

    GRRR! What causes this?

    Please reply when you can!
    Miss Clean

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    Hi! I am a little grumped about involuntary neck and shoulder muscle twitching that just started up about a week ago! I called a pharmacist who said that this is NOT a side effect of Paxil.

    I have been taking Paxil for almost 6 years now which really helps my OCD a lot. I have also noticed clumsiness and muscle weakness a lot(for the past 6 years) The neck twitching has been only in the last week!

    GRRR! What causes this?

    Please reply when you can!
    Miss Clean

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    I wasn't personally aware of this as a side-effect of taking Paxil, although I am aware that some people experience such effects when they STOP taking Paxil.

    However, I just Googled it and found this from the NIH, which is a usually reliable source:

    Paroxetine may cause side effects.
    Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
    [list][*]headache [*]dizziness [*]weakness [*]difficulty concentrating [*]nervousness [*]forgetfulness [*]confusion [*]sleepiness or feeling "drugged" [*]difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep [*]upset stomach [*]vomiting [*]diarrhea [*]constipation [*]gas [*]stomach pain [*]heartburn [*]changes in ability to taste food [*]decreased appetite [*]weight loss or gain [*]changes in sex drive or ability [*]dry mouth [*]sweating [*]yawning [*]sensitivity to light [*]runny nose [*]cough [*]lump or tightness in throat [*]pain in the back, muscles, joints, or anywhere in the body [*]muscle weakness or tightness [*]flushing [*]problems with teeth [*]unusual dreams [*]painful or irregular menstruation[/list:u]
    Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately: [list][*]blurred vision [*]rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat [*]chest pain [*]seizure [*]abnormal bleeding or bruising [*]sore throat, fever, chills, and other signs of infection [*]shaking hands that you cannot control [*]sudden muscle twitching or jerking that you cannot control [*]numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, arms, or legs [*]difficult, frequent, or painful urination [*]swelling, itching, burning, or infection in the vagina [*]painful erection that lasts for hours [*]sudden upset stomach, vomiting, weakness, cramping, bloating, swelling, tightness in[*]hands and feet, dizziness, headache and/or confusion [*]hives [*]skin rash [*]itching [*]swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs [*]hoarseness [*]difficulty breathing or swallowing [*]black and tarry stools [*]red blood in stools [*]bloody vomit [*]vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds[/list:u]

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    I wasn't personally aware of this as a side-effect of taking Paxil, although I am aware that some people experience such effects when they STOP taking Paxil.

    However, I just Googled it and found this from the NIH, which is a usually reliable source:

    Paroxetine may cause side effects.
    Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
    [list][*]headache [*]dizziness [*]weakness [*]difficulty concentrating [*]nervousness [*]forgetfulness [*]confusion [*]sleepiness or feeling "drugged" [*]difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep [*]upset stomach [*]vomiting [*]diarrhea [*]constipation [*]gas [*]stomach pain [*]heartburn [*]changes in ability to taste food [*]decreased appetite [*]weight loss or gain [*]changes in sex drive or ability [*]dry mouth [*]sweating [*]yawning [*]sensitivity to light [*]runny nose [*]cough [*]lump or tightness in throat [*]pain in the back, muscles, joints, or anywhere in the body [*]muscle weakness or tightness [*]flushing [*]problems with teeth [*]unusual dreams [*]painful or irregular menstruation[/list:u]
    Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately: [list][*]blurred vision [*]rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat [*]chest pain [*]seizure [*]abnormal bleeding or bruising [*]sore throat, fever, chills, and other signs of infection [*]shaking hands that you cannot control [*]sudden muscle twitching or jerking that you cannot control [*]numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, arms, or legs [*]difficult, frequent, or painful urination [*]swelling, itching, burning, or infection in the vagina [*]painful erection that lasts for hours [*]sudden upset stomach, vomiting, weakness, cramping, bloating, swelling, tightness in[*]hands and feet, dizziness, headache and/or confusion [*]hives [*]skin rash [*]itching [*]swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs [*]hoarseness [*]difficulty breathing or swallowing [*]black and tarry stools [*]red blood in stools [*]bloody vomit [*]vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds[/list:u]

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    After consulting your physician about these sudden involuntary muscle twitches, if your physician recommends switching to another SSRI or if the decision is to discontinue the medication, be sure to discuss and follow exactly the method of getting off the Paxil.

    Paxil must not be stopped suddenly, and must be tapered gradually over a period of at least a couple of weeks, otherwise there is a strong possibility of experiencing withdrawl effects.

    Do not rely on the information of your pharmacist for this process but do consult your physician telling hi/her you are concerned about withdrawl effects.

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    After consulting your physician about these sudden involuntary muscle twitches, if your physician recommends switching to another SSRI or if the decision is to discontinue the medication, be sure to discuss and follow exactly the method of getting off the Paxil.

    Paxil must not be stopped suddenly, and must be tapered gradually over a period of at least a couple of weeks, otherwise there is a strong possibility of experiencing withdrawl effects.

    Do not rely on the information of your pharmacist for this process but do consult your physician telling hi/her you are concerned about withdrawl effects.

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