Paxil belongs to the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and is used to treat panic disorder, obsessions, anxiety, and depression. Paxil helps to prevent reabsorption of serotonin that improves mood back to the nerve cells.
Paxil comes as tablets and suspension taken by mouth with/without food.Tablets are supposed to be swallowed as whole, not crushed or chewed. Follow your doctor’s directions on drug use. He/she may increase your dose once a week if needed.
Generally, it’s taken once (morning or evening) daily at approximately the same time. Average dose a day:
Panic disorder: 10-60 mg
Depression: 20-50 mg
Anxiety: 20-50 mg
1 Tell the doctor if you have any allergies especially to medical stuff.
2 Inform the doctor about the medicine you are taking at the moment, planning to take or have been taking recently. Be sure you mentioned:
Monoamine Oxidase inhibitors (the interval between the uses of these two should be at least 2 weeks)
Medicines for convulsions
Medicines for migraine
Medications for irregular heartbeat
Medicines for mental illness
Medicines for nausea
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines
Other medicines belonging to the group SSRI
Ant vitamins and supplements
3 Paxil is not proved to be safe and effective enough for children.
4 Do not exceed the dose prescribed by the doctor.
5 Go on taking the medicine even if you feel better until the doctor tells you so.
6 Do not discontinue treatment suddenly, consult with your doctor first as he/she may advise you to do it gradually.
7 It may take some time before the medicine will start working.
8 Inform your doctor if you or any member of your family has any specific health conditions such as:
9 If you are pregnant or you are planning to have a baby, tell the doctor.
10 Tell the doctor if you are still under 18 y.o.
11 Paxil gets into milk that’s why it can not be used during lactation period.
12 Avoid taking alcohol drinks during the treatment.
13 Do not perform any dangerous tasks before you find out how your body reacts to the medicine.
Some side effects occur as the body adjusts to the medication. These are headache, sleep disorder, loss of appetite, sexual function disorder, weight change, diarrhea, tremor, constipation, irritability.
If any serious side effects occur, tell the doctor immediately. These are: heartbeat irregularities, allergy (clotted throat, swollen face, troubled breathing), fever, low/high blood pressure, suicidal thoughts, and aggression.
In children taking Paxil suicidal thoughts have been observed.
In case if you suddenly discontinue using the medicine, the following side effects may occur: irritation, confusion, sweating, sleep disorder, numbness, fatigue, depression. Tell the doctor if the same is felt even when you decrease the dose gradually.
If you missed a dose, take it as soon as possible but if it’s time to take the next one, skip it and go back to your everyday schedule. Do not make up for a missed dose.
Symptoms of overdose demand prompt medical help: hyperactivity, big pupils, irritation, convulsions, vomiting, tremor, fast heartbeat, giddiness.
- Keep away from heat, light and damp places
- Store at room temperature
- Keep away from children
- Dispose of an outdated medicine
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