What would happen if I accidentally took 80 mg of Paxil? 

What would happen if I accidentally took 80 mg of Paxil? 

If you accidentally take 80 mg of Paxil, you may experience the following side effects:

  • Nausea 
  • Facial Flushing
  • Vomiting 
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Dizziness 
  • Sleepiness 
  • Headache 
  • Restlessness 

These symptoms may vary from person to person and are often known as mild symptoms of Paxil overdose. This is because 80 mg of Paxil is not a lethal dose and it is not likely to cause significant side effects. 

However, all people are different and they react differently to medications. If you feel unusual after consuming 80 mg of Paxil, call your local emergency helpline and seek medical attention. 

Most accidental overdoses happen because people forget whether or not they have taken the medication and end up taking an extra dose. The best way to avoid this is to maintain a pill box. This way, you will know for sure that you have or haven’t taken the medication.

What are the dangerous side effects of Paxil overdose and who is at risk? 

Paxil overdose can cause a number of severe side effects. These include (1):

  • Seizures 
  • Hyperreflexia
  • Vertigo 
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • QT prolongation 
  • Tremors
  • Muscle twitching and muscle pain
  • Shivering and goosebumps
  • Unconsciousness or coma
  • Serotonin syndrome 

People who have underlying renal, cardiac, or hepatic disease are at higher risk of more dangerous side effects. Life-threatening complications from Paxil overdose are not common at an 80 mg dose, but people respond differently to meds. 

Make sure you only take as much Paxil as your doctor has prescribed. If you find your dose low or you fail to see a noticeable change in your condition after weeks of using Paxil, reach out to your healthcare provider. Don’t make any changes to your prescription on your own.

How to prevent overdosing on your medications?

Overdosing on antidepressants can damage your health in a number of ways, which is why you have to ensure safe and effective use.  If you struggle with remembering your med, there are a number of ways that can help you with it.

Keeping a pill box is one of the oldest and most effective ways to remember to take your medications and prevent accidental overdosing. You can also seek help from technology by setting alarms or reminders for Paxil or any other prescription medication you have to take. 

You can also make Paxil a part of your meal, any meal of the day. For example, some people take Paxil with breakfast and it eventually becomes a habit. This way they don’t forget about their antidepressant. 

So, make sure you remember to take your antidepressant and avoid taking your dose twice accidentally. An overdose may not affect some people at all, but it can cause disturbing side effects in people who have issues with drug metabolism (hepatic insufficiency) or who are sensitive to Paxil.

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