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Paxil (paroxetine)

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Paxil®

Generic Name: Paroxetine pa-ROX-e-teen

Drug Class: Antidepressant, SSRI

 

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Description
Paxil is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paxil is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other conditions as well.

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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
This medicine should be taken about the same time every day, morning or evening and can be taken with or without food. This medicine may take up to 4 weeks to reach full effect, but you may see symptoms of depression improving in as little as 1-2 weeks.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • dry mouth
    • tremor or muscle spasms
    • nervousness
    • trouble sleeping
    • headache, drowsiness
    • nausea
    • drowsiness
    • insomnia
    • headache
    • increased sweating
    • dizziness, lightheadedness
    • changes in sexual function
    • Unreported side effects are possible, talk to your healthcare provider if any other symptoms occur.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • This medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness.
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Smoking cigarettes can decrease the effectiveness of this medicine.
    • If you are planning to have surgery, let your doctor know.
    • Do NOT take this medicine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor [phenelzine (Nardil) or tranylcypromine (Parnate)] in the last two weeks.
    • This medicine can increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in some children and teens. Parents of children taking antidepressants should watch for signs of worsening depression or unusual changes in behavior.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • If you are taking a tricyclic antidepressant, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
    • St. John’s Wort should be avoided while taking this medicine due to the additive effects of serotonin.
    • Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
      • blood thinners (Coumadin)
      • other antidepressants
      • metoprolol
      • antihistamines
      • carbamazepine (Tegretol)
      • cimetidine (Tagamet)
      • estrogens
      • fluoxetine (Prozac)
      • intraconazole (Sporanox)
      • ketoconazole (Nizoral)
      • levodopa
      • lithium
      • muscle relaxants
      • birth control pills
      • sleeping pills
      • thyroid medications
    • Do not take this medicine with thioridizine, or within 5 weeks of taking this medicine.
    • Caution should be exercised when taking this medicine certain antibiotics, such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, or azithromycin.
    • If you are taking medications for migraines such as Imitrex, talk to your doctor before starting this medicine.
    • This medicine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors. If you think you are taking an MAO inhibitor talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss the benefits versus the risks of using this medicine while pregnant. Because this medicine is excreted in the breast milk, nursing mothers should not breastfeed while taking this medicine.
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More Information

Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression and other mental/mood disorders. These medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people (especially children/teenages) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with a doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication, even if the treatment is not for a mental condition. Tell your doctor immediatley if you notice worsening depression, unusual behavior changes, (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes. Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed.
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graydove
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Registered: January 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2
Fri January 5, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Great for Depression, and obsessive thoughts
CONS: Muscle spasms

I liked this medication for as long as I could take it. Eventually I had to stop or never be able to lay down and rest. Everytime I almost entered into a deep sleep I had restless legs and then the rest of my body would start into muscle spasms. It was the best me I have ever had for my depression, but it was not the right one for me. I will rate this at a 5 in the aspect it was the best antidepressent I had been on, but i would have to say a 0 in regards for me ever taking it again. Eventually The Muscle Spasam begain in daytime. Blessings Graydove

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mama2ak
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4
Sun December 31, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $20.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Effective, generic!
CONS: amnesia, feeling dependent, withdrawal difficulties, low libido

I was on this for about 8 years straight and I'm practically amnesic to the little details of those years. I started to feel dependent on it after awhile and when I withdrew off of it, felt like I was in a bubble, losing my mind. It also killed my libido.On the plus side, i was agoraphobic and homebound and this drug gave me the ability to leave my house again. It also completely ceased my irritable bowel symptoms. For those reasons alone, I would still recommend it to people, even tho the side effects are rampant.

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Anonymous
Thu December 28, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: NONE
CONS: Did not work for me

After taking Paxil for 7 days my depression got so bad I was suicidal. 7 days off of it and I was back to feeling "blah".

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Joepesto
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Registered: November 2004
Location: Northern California
Posts: 25
Wed December 27, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: It did help with depression
CONS: Headaches, clouded thinking, difficult to quit.

This is an awful medication. I would not recommend it. I am still suffering the residual side effects from trying to stop taking the drug. The rebound effect when quitting caused me to become very suicidal.

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etherealpunk
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Tallahassee, Fl
Thu December 21, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Helps control the "downs"
CONS: Brings on more "ups", headaches

Works really well for keeping panic at bay, but tends to enourage more manic episodes in those like me, with bipolar problems. It is probably the best treatment I've had though, since I am being treating for more than one disorder...it helps keep me on an even keel. Headaches are a problem when getting used to it.

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purplesunny
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Registered: September 2006
Location: California - Central Valley
Posts: 4
Wed December 20, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: I loved paxil. It made me not get upset at day to day things
CONS: my psychiatrist took me off when he "discovered" I was hypo-manic. He then put me on Depakote, Buspar, Remeron, Melleril and something else I can't remember

I had medical insurance at the time I took it, so I only had to pay a small co-pay, like $20.The only negative side effect I had was sexual.

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URIIADDIVME
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Registered: September 2006
Posts: 38
Mon December 18, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: caused severe tremors

Caused tremors so severe I could not control movement, could not sleep, could hardly function.

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Amerikasend
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Merryland
Posts: 22
Tue December 5, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: everything about it

This stuff is garbage. I can't believe pdoc's even prescribe this crap to people. I have been on a few med's in my history and this one was the worst, wellbutrin being the second worst. I ended up be nausous, light headed/dizzy, hallucinations, had real bad diarrhea (I was a human espresso machine, brewing up non-stop butt coffee), bad headaches, and just felt hopeless.

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Rebound
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Registered: December 2004
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 445
Tue November 7, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: side effects

My experience with Paxil was awful. I had terrible diarrhea contstantly for as long as I was taking it. I realize I may be unique in that but still, I had to stop taking it within a week.

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AlteredState01
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Registered: October 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 1061
Tue October 10, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Zero
CONS: Gave me anxiety attacks!

Took for depression. I never experienced an anxiety attack UNTIL I started taking this medication.Did not help me at all. As a matter of fact, I continue to experience high anxiety ever since taking this med. I have noticed, though, that since I began having anxiety attacks, I no longer get migraines. Weird, eh?Friends that have been on this med have had positive experiences and worked well for them. It just wasn't for me.

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Anonymous
Sun October 8, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: I only took one dose 20mg of Paxil, I had head zaps, numbness, nausea, dizzy, felt disconnected, confused, terrified.

I took one pill @ 20mg dosage and I though I was going to die, I was sick for 4 days after it, vomiting, dizzy, sweating, shaking, confused, staring into space, swirly vision, electric zapping in my head, my legs and arms/hands would fall asleep at random (the painful kind) my speech was off, 4 day migrain with tunnel vision and pain! it was a big bad horrible rollercoaster apparently due to hypersensitivity to the drug, my brain literally went haywire, i would NEVER recommend this drug, its evil! To top it off the panic only became more severe

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Perzephone
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Registered: May 2005
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 350
Tue September 19, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Sensory overload, dizziness, nausea

I took Paxil for less than a week - it made me incredibly sensitive to stimulus - normal low household lighting was incredibly bright, the volume of the television or people talking in normal tones was overwhelming, even my skin felt funny against my clothing or upholstery. I was dizzy, nauseous and wanted to hide in a dark hole with nothing touching me. After about 3 days, I began to have a peculiar 'empty-headed' feeling - like I could be watching a dimmed television without 'thinking' about what I was seeing. I work in a casino, and the sensory overload was just too much so I discontinued the drug.

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Fri September 15, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: nil - perhaps a slight lessening of anxiety
CONS: made me become borderline psychotic, nauseaus, caused suicidal ideattion

Had a horrible time with this one. Made me shakey and nauseaus, suicidal, what i term borderline psychotic (anxious, hearing things, seeing things out of the corner of my eye, delusions ect)I would not reccomend this one at all.

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eskielover
just me wantng to be free

Registered: October 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 11350
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS:
CONS: caused uncontrollable shaking, naysea, dizziness, & migraine pain

Paxil is the brand name for paroxetine. I was only on paxil for a very short try it period of time. Immediately after taking is, I went into uncontrollable shaking. Added to that came nausea, dizziness & horrible migraine pain. These effects were bad enough that I couldn't tolerate them long enough to see if they would go away with time or not.

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Tue September 12, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS:
CONS:

I had little to no side efects with this medication. the only problems I had were in general I had to move slowly because if I sat up to fast I got dizzy. When I first started on it, it made me tired so my doctor switched me to taking it at night instead of during the day, that way I could sleep through the side effects of it stabilizing the medication level in my body every night but have the benefits of the leveled out medication during the day. this worked out very well for me.If I missed a dose or did not take it at the same time every night I experienced an electric shock type pain in my head. once I got into the habit of setting an alarm and taking it on time the shock feeling went away.I had the electric shock feeling when coming off the medication too dispite I was on the lowest dose possible.This medication is definately one that needs to have a doctors help in stopping the medication so that the person can be weaned off it little by little. it took me 2 months to come off it at the 10mg level and not experience the electric shock in my head feeling.One plus to this medication - when I was at the 10 mg level and I needed a higher dosage after being on it for a year but I was unable to handle a higher dosage another medication - welbutrin CR - was added with absolutely no adverse reaction.I am leaving the recommendation turned on to yes because one persons medication flop can also be another persons miracle drug.

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bigdog1263
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Registered: September 2006
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 23
Tue September 12, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: average effectiveness for anxiety.....no dependency potential
CONS: side effects

"paxil Porkers" I put on 23lbs in one month....after having lost 98lbs!!!!!!

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razeljenny
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Wasington State
Posts: 340
Fri July 7, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Definately took away dysphoric moods
CONS: sometimes I get hyper, can't always sleep, overstimulated

All and all this has been so good for me. I have social anexity and it takes it away and I get relaxed and stay that way most of the time. I have joyousness and feel light and carefree, which I need to be because I don't enjoy being STUCK in depression (which can go on for weeks, me staying in my room for days at a time) I have been living an almost normal life and make friends when I stay on my Paxil.

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