Paxil is a brand name for the antidepressant paroxetine.
How It Works
Paxil is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. SSRIs can affect the availability of certain types of neurotransmitters in the brain. This action can lead to a better mood in people who are depressed.
Paxil is commonly prescribed to treat a variety of psychological and mood disorders related to depression, including major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Dosage of Paxil varies depending on the patient. Paxil is commonly prescribed between 20mg and 60mg doses. Your doctor will tell you which dose to take.
You must take Paxil exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Do not take this medication higher or lower than recommended. Do not stop taking Paxil until your doctor tells you to do so. Suddenly stopping Paxil may cause you to experience withdrawal symptoms.
Do not take Paxil in higher doses than prescribed. You may experience serious side effects such as tremors and fast heart beat.
Swallow tablets whole. Do not break, chew or crush the tablets, especially if you are taking extended release tablets.
You will not experience benefits of the drug right away. You may need to wait up to 4 weeks to feel the difference with Paxil.
Take Paxil same time each day to help you remember doses.
Taking Paxil may result in the following side effects:
Sleep problems such as insomnia
Loss of appetite
Decreased sex drive
Difficulty having an orgasm
Side effects other than the ones listed above may occur. Most side effects are minor and only need to be reported to a doctor if the side effects persist or get progressively worse. Some side effects are more severe than others. Immediately report to a doctor if you experience any of the following when undergoing treatment with Paxil:
Decreased need for sleep
Usual temptations to engage in risky behavior
Feelings of extreme happiness or sadness
Vision issues such as blurred vision
Pain or tenderness in bones
Unusual bleeding or easy bruising
Severe skin reactions such as aggressive rashes
Serious nervous system reactions such as very rigid muscles or loss of coordination
Indications of high levels of serotonin in the body such as agitation and fast heart rate
Do not take Paxil if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug.
Do not take Paxil when pregnant without consulting with a doctor first. Paxil may cause harm to unborn babies. Tell your doctor right away if you get pregnant when taking Paxil. It may not be safe to breastfeed when taking Paxil.
Paxil may be unsafe for you to take if you have preexisting medical conditions. Ask your doctor if Paxil is safe to take given your medical history.
Paxil may cause dangerous reactions with certain types of drugs. Disclose any other prescription or over-the-counter medication, herbal supplements or dietary supplements to the doctor prescribing Paxil.
Paxil is not a cure for depression or any other condition you are being treated for. You will need to undergo other forms of therapy in addition to Paxil to feel better on the long term.