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Paxil Dosage for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

 

What is the correct Paxil dosage for obsessive-compulsive disorder?

12.5 mg PAXIL CR dosageThe correct Paxil dosage will be different for each individual. You should always follow your doctor's orders, taking your Paxil dosage as prescribed or described on the prescription label of your medicine. If your dose is different from other people’s, understand that Paxil is prescribed for a multitude of other disorders such as depression, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and others, and that specific individuals need different amounts of this medication. The following are the average Paxil dosages recommended for obsessive-compulsive disorder:

Paxil dosage-oral suspension form:

Adults

The Paxil dosage for adults will usually begin at 20 mg once a day, which is usually taken in the morning. The usual adult dosage is not usually more than 60 mg per day.

Children

The use and dose of Paxil for children will need to be determined by your physician.

Older Adults

Usually older adults are started at 10 mg once a day, which is usually taken in the morning. Your docor will increase your dosage as needed but will probably not exceed 40 mg per day.

 

Paxil dosage in the oral tablet form:

Adults

The dosage for adults will usually begin at 20 mg once a day, which is usually taken in the morning. The usual adult dosage is not normally more than 60 mg per day.

Children

The use and dose of Paxil for children will need to be determined by your physician.

Older Adults

Usually older adults are started at 10 mg once a day, which is usually taken in the morning. Your doctor will increase your dosage as needed but will probably not exceed 60 mg per day.

Paxil dosage in the oral extended-release tablet form for other anxiety disorders:

While Paxil is recommended in the oral extended release tablet form for treatment of panic disorders and  social anxiety disorder, it is not recommended in this form for generalized anxiety disorder.

Storage of Paxil:

You should never keep outdated medicine or medicine that is no longer need. Always make sure that this and all medicines are out of the reach of children. You should always store medicine away from heat and direct light. Also, you should never store the tablet form of this antidepressant in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or any other damp area or places where heat or moisture may cause this medicine to break down. Always keep the oral suspension form of this medicine from freezing.

When you miss your Paxil dosage:

If you forget to take your usual Paxil dosage, you need to take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose however, you need to skip the missed dose and go back your regular scheduled amount and times. You should never double up on your Paxil dosage. 

 

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Information adapted from Consumer Reports Consumer Drug References

Webpage and additional information By Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist  Ph.D. Candidate 

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