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Drug Information

What is Paroxetine used for?

Paroxetine is used in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder

Paroxetine may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Paroxetine work?

Paroxetine belongs to the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It helps in increasing the levels of a chemical messenger called serotonin in the brain. Increased serotonin levels in the brain improves mood. Thus, it helps in relieving the symptoms of the condition.

How to take Paroxetine?

The dosage and the drug form depends on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual.

Swallow the tablet/capsule whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet/capsule. Take Paroxetine with or without food.

If you miss a dose of Paroxetine, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

What are the drugs that interact with Paroxetine?

The drugs that interact with Paroxetine are:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Albuterol
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Aspirin
  • Atorvastatin
  • Cholecalciferol
  • Clopidogrel
  • Cyanocobalamin
  • Esomeprazole
  • Levothyroxine
  • Metoprolol
  • Montelukast
  • Rosuvastatin

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Paroxetine?

The following are the most common side effects of Paroxetine:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Muscle spasms

The following are the severe side effects, and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Blurred vision
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Unusual bleeding

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions Paroxetine ?

  • Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Paroxetine
  • Do not operate heavy machinery if Paroxetine causes dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Inform your doctor if you have rapid swelling of lips, throat and tongue.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Suddenly discontinuing the medication may cause the illness to return.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
  • Do not take Paroxetine during pregnancy as it may affect the growing foetus.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Paroxetine ?

  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Paroxetine.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any pre-existing depression, liver or heart diseases.

Frequently asked questions about Paroxetine

  1. Is it safe to consume alcohol while on Paroxetine ?
  2. No, do not consume alcohol while taking Paroxetine as it may cause excessive dizziness.

  3. Do I need to follow any dietary precautions while on Paroxetine ?
  4. Yes, follow a nutritious diet as Paroxetine may decrease your appetite.

  5. For how long is Paroxetine usually prescribed?
  6. The duration of the treatment depends on the severity of the condition. Please consult your doctor.

  7. Is it safe to take a higher dose of Paroxetine for faster recovery?
  8. No, do not alter the dosage. Take the drug as prescribed by the doctor. Altering the dosage may cause adverse effects.


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