Generic Name: Paroxetine
Brand Names: Paxil
What is Paxil used for?
- Paxil is an antidepressant in a group of drugs
called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
Paxil is used to treat depression, panic attacks,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders and
post-traumatic stress disorder.
How should you take this medication?
- Paxil may be taken with or without food or
on a full or empty stomach. Try to take the medicine
at the same time each day.
- Do not crush, chew, or break a controlled-release
tablet. Swallow the pill whole. Shake the liquid
form of paxil well just before you measure a
dose. Use a small measuring cup or a measuring spoon
to measure each dose. The teaspoons and tablespoons
that are used for serving and eating food do not
measure exact amounts.
- You may have to take paxil for several weeks
before you begin to feel better . Your doctor should
check your progress at regular visits during this
time. Also, if you are taking paroxetine for
depression, you will probably need to continue
taking it for at least 6 months to help prevent the
depression from returning.
General Precautions with Paxil
- Tell your doctor if you have ever had any
unusual or allergic reaction to paroxetine.
- Paxil may impair your judgment, thinking, or
motor skills. Do not drive, operate dangerous
machinery, or participate in any hazardous activity
that requires full mental alertness until you are
sure the medication is not affecting you in this
- Paxil has been shown to cause heart and other
problems in infants of mothers who took Paxil.
Before taking this medicine, make sure your doctor
knows if you are pregnant or if you may become
- Paxil should be used cautiously by people with a
history of manic disorders and those with high
pressure in the eyes.
What are the possible side effects of Paxil?
Call your doctor at once
if you have any of these serious side effects:
seizure, muscle pain, problems with balance or
coordination, trouble swallowing, sweating, fast
Other less serious side effects are more likely to
occur, such as: dry mouth, yawning, dizziness, sleep
problems, nausea, constipation, loss of
appetite, decreased sex drive, or ringing in your