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Paxil Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Generic Name: Paroxetine hydrochloride

Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride) and Paxil CR are antidepressant medications also used to treat anxiety disorders. Paxil medicine are members of the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) family (along with Zoloft and Prozac). Paxil medications are used to treat the symptoms of major depression without causing some of the harmful side effects that may cause by the older tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). Paxil is also approved for the treatment of anxiety disorders, such as including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Paxil affects chemicals in the brain that may cause unbalanced and depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

Paxil Dosage

  • Generally, you should take single dose daily in the morning.
  • The intially dose should be 20 milligrams a day. After the intervals of 1 week, your doctor may increase your dosage by 10 milligrams a day and up to a maximum of 50 milligrams a day as you needed.
  • Mostly starting dose is 25 milligrams a day. After the intervals of 1 week, the dosage may be increased by 12.5 milligrams a day and up to a maximum of 62.5 milligrams a day.

Uses of Paxil

  • Paxil medication is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder (social phobia), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and generalized anxiety disorders (GAD).
  • Paxil medication also used to treat a premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder- PMDD), sexual function problems in men (premature ejaculation), nerve problems associated with diabetes (diabetic neuropathy), and chronic headaches.

Side Effects of Paxil

Before taking Paxil medicine, discuss with your doctor about the possible side effects that may occur during paxil treatment. Some of the more common side effects of Paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat, Deroxat) include:

  • asthenia (weakness)
  • sweating
  • abnormal orgasm
  • nausea
  • somnolence (drowsiness)
  • dizziness
  • tremor
  • ejaculatory disturbance
  • other male genital disorders
  • female genital disorders
  • dry mouth
  • constipation
  • insomnia
  • decreased libido

Warnings and precautions before taking Paxil:

  • After taking Paxil medicine, you will feel some sleppy type , dizzy or drowsy. So do not perform any activies where you requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have psychiatric disorder (e.g., bipolar/manic-depressive disorder), suicide attempts, liver problems, kidney problems, seizures, heart problems, stomach ulcers, glaucoma (narrow angle type), thyroid problems.
  • If you have a seizures problem, tell your doctor. Paxil should be used with caution in this situation.
  • If you have a disease that affects your metabolism or blood circulation, tell your doctor. Paxil should be used cautiously in this situation.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking any drugs with Paxil medicineis, then tell your docotr. Because it may increased, decreased, or altered the effects of Paxil medicine and it may also cause serious effects. So It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Paxil with any of the following:

  • Procyclidine (Kemadrin)
  • Alcohol
  • Propafenone (Rythmol)
  • Antidepressants such as Elavil, Tofranil, Norpramin, Pamelor, Prozac
  • Aspirin
  • Phenobarbital
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin
  • Digoxin (Lanoxin)
  • Flecainide (Tambocor)
  • Lithium (Eskalith)
  • Phenytoin (Dilantin)
  • Theophylline (Theo-24, Uniphyl)
  • Propranolol (Inderal, Inderide)
  • Quinidine (Quinaglute)

After taking Paxil medicine, if you feel that overdose is suspected then tell your doctor. Symptoms of a Paxil overdose may include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • tremor
  • sweating
  • decreased urination
  • blurred vision
  • rapid heartbeat
  • confusion
  • aggression
  • fainting
  • seizures
  • coma.

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