Paroxetine is an effective medicine classified under those drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine as an antidepressant works in the human brain by affecting its chemical substances in a positive way. The effects of these said chemicals in the human brain cause depression, anxiety and other forms of the disorder. Paroxetine is used for the treatment of panic attacks, depression, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Paroxetine fosters a normal sleep, mood, energy level, and mood and lowers implications such as suicidal thoughts, trepidation, anxiety, and other disorders that are engineered by the chemicals in the brain.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
Ensure you follow all given instructions by your doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor may decide to change your dose occasionally for expected improvement on treatment. Make sure that you do not take Paroxetine more, less or longer than it is prescribed. Ensure you follow every direction on the prescription label. Paroxetine tablet is meant to be swallowed and not to be chewed, crushed or broken. Shake Paroxetine oral suspension very well before use and measure with the appropriate dose-measuring objects to get the instructed measurement. You are expected not to withdraw suddenly from the use of Paroxetine; there may be or not an improvement within 2 weeks when used frequently. Sudden withdrawal may lead to unpleasant symptoms. Talk with your doctor to get the correct duration of treatments.
You are advised to take the following precautions before or during the use of Paroxetine:
- Patients that are hypersensitive to Paroxetine should avoid its use.
- Patients that are hypersensitive to other drugs such as tryptophan, thioridazine or pimozide should avoid the use of Paroxetine.
- An MAO inhibitor should not be taken within 12 weeks before or within 2 weeks after the use of Paroxetine. This may result in serious side effects.
- Inform your doctor as soon as you begin to feel some changes in your mood or signs.
- Inform your doctor if you have a history of any of the following:
- Heart disease;
- Liver disease;
- Drug abuse;
- High blood pressure;
- Kidney disease;
- A bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
- Epilepsy or seizures;
- Migraine headaches;
- Narrow-angle glaucoma;
- Suicidal thoughts;
- Manic depression;
- Low levels of sodium in the blood.
- Pregnant women and lactating mothers should seek their doctors’ advice on the use of Paroxetine.
- Paroxetine is restricted from children less than 18 years of age.
Inform your doctor if you begin to feel any sign of an allergic reaction to Paroxetine. These may be swollen throat, lips, tongue or face; hives; difficulty in breathing; or a severe skin reaction such as skin rash. The use of Paroxetine comes with the following common side effects :
- Vision changes;
- Dry mouth;
- Erectile dysfunction;
- Loss of appetite;
- Decreased libido;
- Orgasm problem.
In a condition whereby it escapes your mind to use your prescribed medicine at the appropriate time, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking at once two doses that are supposed to be used at different times should be avoided.
In a condition whereby you take more than the prescribed doses, quickly see your doctor or call for emergency medical help. The following may be the outcome of Paroxetine overdose:
Interaction with other drugs
It is advisable to inform your doctor before using Paroxetine with a new med. Notify your doctor about other drugs you use such as sleeping pill, narcotic medication, muscle relaxer, or drug for Nervousness, depression or convulsion. Keep your doctor abreast on their intake before commencement. The following medications may interact with Paroxetine:
- St. John’s Wort;
- Methylene blue injection;
- Heart rhythm drug;
- HIV or AIDS drugs;
- Narcolepsy or ADHD medicine;
- Narcotic pain medicine;
- Medicine for anxiety, mood disorders, thought disorders, or mental illness;
- Migraine headache medicine;
- Seizure medicine;
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines;
- Herbal products.