Generic Name(s): paroxetine
Drug Class: Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Treats: depression, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive behavior, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder
Paxil, a psychotropic drug of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class, is a drug that is used in the treatment of patients with depression, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. It is also used to treat patients with obsessive-compulsive behavior, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Paxil may also be used to treat PMDD, premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
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The psychotropic drug Paxil is used to treat patients with depression (a condition characterized by disinterest in the things around him or her, activity avoidance, hopelessness, helplessness, feeling worthless, or very low mood affecting behavior, feelings, and well-being), social anxiety disorder or fear of engaging in social interactions with other people to the point of interfering one's normal life, and unexpected fear and worry that occur suddenly (more commonly known as panic disorder). It is also used to treat patients with obsessive-compulsive behavior, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Paxil works by inhibiting the reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin, and even norepinephrine, making the neurotransmitter stay longer in the gap or the synaptic cleft, resulting in an antidepressant effect. Below you will find the uses of Paxil.
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Social anxiety
Dosage of Paxil depends on the individual and the condition being treated. You should always take medication precisely as your doctor prescribes it. You may take Paxil with or without food. You should continue taking Paxil even if you do not feel any different, as it may take a month or more before Paxil's mechanisms begin to take effect. You should not break, crush or chew the tablets. Below you will find a typical dosage of Paxil.
- Depression: 20 mg daily
- OCD: 40 mg daily
- Panic attacks: 10 mg daily
- Anxiety disorders: 20 mg daily
- Your doctor may adjust your dose as necessary
Paxil Side Effects
Paxil has side effects, just like any medications. Knowledge on Paxil side effects is needed to identify the needed care for patients experiencing them and to prevent further harm. What follows is a list of side effects associated with Paxil. Please note that the list that follows is not complete, and patients' side effect experiences vary.
- Frequent yawning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth
- Stomach upset
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss or gain
Notify your physician immediately if any of the following is experienced:
- Visual or auditory hallucinations
- Irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle stiffness or twitching
- Abnormal bruising or bleeding
- Skin blisters
- Tingling sensation in the extremities
- Painful urination
- Hives or skin rash
- Itching and swelling of the face, throat, tongue, or lips
- Hoarse voice
- Black and tarry stools or red blood in stools
- Tenderness, swelling, or bruising of part of your body
Paxil has different components or ingredients. When these components are mixed with those of other substances, negative effects may occur. The benefits of Paxil could be less than the risks of experiencing harmful effects, and the desired effects of the medication may not be achieved. Specifically, before using Paxil, knowledge on the use of the following should be acquired by the prescribing physician and the following substances should be reported by the patient or caregiver to the doctor if used. The list of drugs below is not complete; thus, it is very important that the doctor knows all the medications, supplements, vitamins, and herbal products the patient is taking.