What is Paroxetine (Generic Paxil)?
Paroxetine, the generic form of Paxil, is an antidepressant belonging to the SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) class. It’s widely prescribed for the treatment of major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorder. Paroxetine works by increasing the serotonin levels in the brain, thus improving mood and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Common side effects include nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, loss of appetite, sweating, dry mouth, and sexual dysfunction. Some patients may experience more severe side effects, such as blurred vision, unusual bruising or bleeding, mood swings, muscle stiffness, and irregular heartbeat.
Paroxetine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors or within 14 days of discontinuing MAO inhibitors. Special caution is required for patients with a history of bipolar disorder, liver or kidney disease, seizures, or those prone to bleeding or low sodium levels.
Innan du tar detta läkemedel
Patients should discuss their medical history, especially relating to bipolar disorder, liver or kidney issues, seizures, bleeding problems, or a tendency for low sodium in the blood, with their healthcare provider.
Hur ska jag ta detta läkemedel?
Paroxetine should be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor. It is available in 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, and 40mg tablets, allowing for flexible dosing based on the individual’s needs and response to treatment.
The usual starting dose for adults varies depending on the condition being treated, typically ranging from 10mg to 40mg per day. The dose may be adjusted based on the effectiveness and tolerability.
Vad händer om jag missar en dos?
In case of a missed dose, take it as soon as possible. If it’s near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule. Avoid doubling up on doses.
Vad händer om jag överdoserar?
Symptoms of a Paroxetine overdose can include nausea, vomiting, tremor, rapid heartbeat, confusion, dizziness, seizures, and fainting. Immediate medical attention is required.
Vad bör jag undvika när jag tar det?
Patients are advised to avoid alcohol and be cautious about using other medications that can affect bleeding risk or interact with Paroxetine.
Paroxetine can interact with other SSRIs, certain antipsychotics, blood thinners, NSAIDs, triptans, and medications that affect heart rhythm.