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Paxil is an antidepressant classed as a 'serotonin selective reuptake inhibitor' (SSRI). Paxil contains the active ingredient called paroxetine, which works to block the clearance of serotonin in brain cells. Depression is associated with an imbalance of serotonin, and thus SSRIs may alleviate the symptoms of depression by regulating serotonin levels in the brain.
SSRIs have also been shown to help manage other conditions, such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, and generalized anxiety disorders.
Paroxetine may also be prescribed for other medical conditions, such as severe premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), premature ejaculation, diabetic neuropathies, chronic headaches, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Please take this medicine as directed by your doctor. If it comes with an information leaflet, please read this carefully and clarify and queries with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Please store paroxetine at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container, and also away from direct heat or light. If required, this medicine may be temporarily stored between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C).
Take this medication regularly, do not miss any doses, and do not stop taking this medicine even if you feel better. If you miss a morning dose, then take your dose in the afternoon if you remember. If you don't remember until the next morning, then skip your missed dose and carry on with your regular dose schedule. If you miss a bedtime dose and you take only one dose daily, and you don't remember until the next morning, skip your missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Do not take 2 doses at once.
If you have experienced any allergies to paroxetine or ingredients in this product, do not take this medicine and consult with your doctor.
It is important that prior to taking this medicine, you have discussed your past psychiatric history with your doctor. This includes previous episodes of depression or anxiety attacks, any family members with a psychiatric disorder (e.g. bipolar disorder, depression), as well as a family history of suicide/suicide attempts.
It is also important that you have discussed your past medical history with your doctor, in particular: seizures, stomach ulcers, thyroid problems, liver problems, heart problems, kidney problems, glaucoma (narrow angle type).
Paxil or Paroxetine may cause you to become drowsy or dizzy, so it is advised that you refrain from driving, or operating machinery. Avoid alcohol as this will exacerbate these side effects.
Please take caution if this drug is used in the elderly, as they may be more sensitive to the side effects. If the patient is taking a diuretic ("water pills"), this may interact with paroxetine to cause an electrolyte imbalance. Please consult with your doctor if you are taking these pills.
If you wish to become pregnant, please discuss this with your doctor. Paroxetine should not be taken during the first three months or last three months of pregnancy. Taking paroxetine during the first three months has an association with fetal heart defects and other serious abnormalities. Babies born to mothers who have taken paroxetine during the last three months may infrequently develop symptoms including seizures, muscle stiffness, feeding/breathing difficulties, jitteriness or constant crying. If you notice any such symptoms in your new born, consult a doctor immediately.
Paroxetine passes into breast milk, and due to the potential risks to the infant, it is advised that you do not breast feed while taking this medication.
Paxil Side Effects
Paroxetine is associated with some minor side effects that usually subside with treatment. These include weakness, nervousness, fatigue, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dry mouth, sweating, dizziness, lightheadedness, or changes in sexual function. See your doctor if these symptoms continue, or if they are distressing for you.
There are different types of anti depressants that differ in their potential side effects. If the disadvantages of this medicine outweigh the advantages, there may be another antidepressant more suited for you. Please discuss this with your doctor.
Please see your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: difficulty sleeping, seizures, unusual bleeding or bruising, anxiety, severe nervousness, agitation, panic attacks, feelings of irritability or hostility, impulsive behavior or other unusual changes in behavior, severe restlessness, worsening feelings of depression, thoughts of hurting yourself, or any other mental or mood changes.
For men: If you experience a prolonged, painful erection, stop using this medicine and seek immediate medical attention or permanent problems could occur.
Although it is unlikely to occur, please be aware of the signs of an allergic reaction. If you experience any of the following, please seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, dizziness, rash, itching, or swelling of the face/throat. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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