What is Paroxetine?
Paroxetine is the generic name for many will known antidepressant medications such as; Paxil, Paxil CR, and Pexeva. It is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine works by affecting chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. It is used in the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Important Information about Paroxtine
Paroxtine affects each patient differently. Some patients have experienced thoughts of suicide while taking Paroxtine medications. If you experience any suicidal thoughts or worsening in symptoms which you are begin treated for, such as mood and behavior, contact your doctor immediately.
Paroxtine may be habit forming. It is important to take Paroxtine as directed by your prescribing Doctor. Do not increase or decrease doses of Paroxtine, or take this medication longer than prescribed.
Paroxtine is commonly misused. Keep this medication in a safe place and do not share with others.
Paroxetine Side Effects
Along with the desired effects of Parozetine there are often side effects experienced. Some side effects are more severe than other. Typically patient taking Paroxetine will experience the following side effects that do not require medical attention, however should be brought up to prescribing Doctor;
- Acid or sour stomach
- decreased appetite
- decreased sexual ability or desire
- excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
- pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
- passing gas
- problems in urinating
- runny or stuffy nose
- sexual problems, especially ejaculatory disturbances
- sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
- stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
- trouble with sleeping
Other more severe side effects requiring immediate medical attention include but are not limited to;
- chest congestion
- chest pain
- cold sweats
- difficulty with breathing
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- muscle pain or weakness
- skin rash
If you experience symptoms of over dose see emergency help;
- flushing of the face
- large pupils
- racing heartbeat
- trembling or shaking
Paroxetine is used in the treatment of;
- Panic Disorder
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
This medication should be taken a prescribed. Do not abruptly stop its used without speaking to your doctor, this could result in unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal.
Paroxetine is often used for recreational purposes by both patients and others using the medication illegally. Paroxetine lifts the mood of the user and can create a sense of well being. The intentional misuse of Paroxetine can be dangers, possibly resulting in a dependency to this medication.
Paroxetine Dosage and Directions
Usual Adult Paroxetine Dose for:
- Depression – 20 to 50 mg orally once a day with or without food, given in the morning time.
- Anxiety – up to 60 mg orally once a day with or without food, given in the morning time.
- Panic Disorder – 40 to 60 mg orally once daily with or without food, given in the morning time.
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder – 25 mg once a day with or without food, given in the morning time.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – 40 to 60 mg orally once daily with or without food, given in the morning time.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – 20 to 50 mg orally once a day with or without food, given in the morning time.