Paroxetine
DESCRIPTION

This is a medication consumed by individuals suffering from depression. This drug is also referred to as Paxil in the medical industry.

How it works

Paroxetine is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. Since depression is caused by an increased level of serotonin in the brain, this medication works by reabsorbing the excess serotonin in the synapse.

Uses

Paroxetine treats multiple mental disorders including depression. The medication is useful in treating panic attacks, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Consuming this medication will improve your mood, sleep, appetite and energy levels to a significant extent. Moreover, paroxetine can also treat the severe form premenstrual syndrome.

Dosage

This drug is usually consumed once in the morning on a daily basis. You can take this medication by mouth, with or without food. If you take this drug with food, you will be able to decrease the likelihood of nausea. If taking this medication in the morning makes you sleep during the day, you can change the dose schedule after consulting with your physician.

You must not increase your dosage or take the medication for longer than prescribed. Remember, taking more paroxetine will not improve your condition any faster. Increasing the dosage will only make you more vulnerable towards the side effects of the drug.

You must not chew or crush the medication before you consume it. Always follow the instructions given in the prescription leaflet.

In order to experience the best effects of paroxetine, you need to consume this medication as regularly as possible. If you keep forgetting your dose, take them at the same time every day or set a reminder. This will help you remember.

Do not stop the treatment unless your physician asks you to do so. Discontinuing the treatment all of a sudden can lead to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Side effects

The following are some side effects of paroxetine which you may or may not experience during the course of the treatment.

Nausea
Drowsiness
Loss of appetite
Trouble sleeping
Weakness
Dry mouth
Sweating
Blurred vision
Yawning
Drowsiness

It is also possible for you to experience more severe side effects such as:

Shaking
Restlessness
Inability to keep still
Decreased interest in sex
Changes in sexual ability
Numbness
Irregular heartbeat
Muscle weakness

If you do experience any of the above, do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Precautions

The following precautionary methods must be followed at all times throughout the treatment period.

Inform your physician if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in paroxetine.
Do not drive or operate machinery as this medication can make you dizzy or drowsy.
Be careful when giving this medication to older adults since they are more vulnerable towards specific side effects.
If you are having a surgery, inform your physician about all the medications that you are currently taking.

Self-care

It is not safe to use paroxetine during the period of pregnancy. Consuming this drug during pregnancy can harm the unborn baby. So, if you are planning to get pregnant during the treatment period, inform your physician.

This drug can be passed on to infants through breast milk. Therefore, make sure to consult your physician before you breastfeed your baby while consuming paroxetine.

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