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Paxil Information: Effects and Side Effects


Paxil information: An introduction

Back Image - paxil (PAROXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE)Paxil is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized and social anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and panic disorders with or without the fear of being in open or public places. Paxil falls within the general category of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIís), and is commonly prescribed to males and females, adolescents, adults and senior adults. Paxil should only be prescribed and taken under the supervision of a licensed physician.

How is this medication taken?

This medication is most commonly taken once daily, in the morning, with or without food. Usually the dosage is based in accordance with your medical condition and response to the therapy. Certain medical conditions may require different dosing which will be determined by your doctor. The medication should be taking as prescribed even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Frequently, it may take up to four weeks before receiving the full effect of this drug.


Paxil Information : Side Effects

The most common side effects with Paxil include nausea, headache, difficulty sleeping, dry mouth, drowsiness, sweating, or upset stomach. These are some the more common side effects and if they persist or worsen you should notify your doctor immediately. Also, tell your doctor immediately if any of these more serious side effects occur: loss of appetite, unusual weight loss, unusual or severe mental/mood changes, uncontrolled movements (tremor), decreased interest in sex, flu-like symptoms, vision changes, trouble swallowing, changes in sexuality or painful and/or prolonged erection. The incidents of allergic reaction to this drug is relatively small and includes rash, itching, swelling, dizziness and trouble breathing. You should notify your physician immediately if any of these side effects occur.


You should always have a complete medical history by a doctor prior to being prescribed Paxil and should include any history of liver problems, kidney disease, seizures, heart problems, diabetes and any allergies. This drug may cause dizzying or drowsiness, and you should use caution when engaging in activities that require alertness, such as driving or using machinery. Alcoholic beverages should be limited. Liquid preparations of this product contain sugar and small amounts of alcohol. It is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence or liver disease to maintain a level of caution. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product. Caution is a especially advised for the elderly when using Paxil as they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. It should only be used when clearly needed during pregnancy, and the risks-benefits should be discussed with your physician. This medication is known to pass into breast milk and the potential risk to the infant, especially if breast-feeding should be examined with your physician. If you miss a dose, try to take it as soon as possible. If itís near the time of the next dosage, skip the missed dose, and resume your usual dosing schedule. Never double the dose to catch up.

By Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist 

Front Image -paxil ( PAROXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE) 40mgInformation provided by The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs - Sixth Edition 

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