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Generic Name: Paroxetine (pa-ROX-e-teen)
Drug Class: Antidepressant, SSRI
Paxil is used for depression and/or social anxiety disorders. Your doctor
may have prescribed Paxil to treat other conditions as well.
St. Johnís Wort should be avoided while taking Paxil due to the additive
effects of serotonin.
How it Works
Paroxetine restores the balance of a brain neurotransmitter called serotonin
by inhibiting its reuptake into the nerve cells.
How to Take It
This medicine should be taken about the same time every day, morning or evening
and can be taken with or without food. It may up to 4 weeks to reach full
effect, but you may see symptoms of depression improving in one to two weeks.
Make sure that you know how the medicine affects you before driving or performing
other hazardous tasks.
Possible Side Effects
- increased sweating
- dizziness, lightheadedness
- changes in sexual function
- Do NOT stop taking this medicine abruptly without talking to your doctor.
- It is recommended to avoid alcohol while taking this medicine.
- Starting doses and maximum doses are lower for patients over the age
- Paroxetine is not recommended to treat depression in children or teenagers.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your
local or regional poison control center.
- Talk to your doctor if you are taking certain antibiotics such as erythromycin,
clarithromycin or azithromycin. This medicine should not be taken with
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next
dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss the benefits versus the risks of
using this medicine while pregnant. Because this medicine is excreted in the
breast milk, check with your doctor to discuss the risks to the baby.
For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.
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for individual patients. The publisher does not accept any responsibility
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