What Is Paxil (Paroxetine)?
Paxil is the brand name for paroxetine, an antidepressant drug. Doctors usually prescribe Paxil to treat and manage depression, but also have found use in the treatment of anxiety disorders including:
Social anxiety disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Aside its implication in depression and anxiety disorders, it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help women manage post menopausal symptoms like hot flashes. Additionally, doctors may prescribe paxil for conditions other than those approved by the FDA. For example, doctors prescribe paxil to treat people with diabetes and chronic headache.
Paxil has also be prescribed to treat men who suffer from premature ejaculation.
Paxil (paroxetine) belongs to a class of antidepressant drugs called “Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors” (SSRIs)
SSRIs work by inhibiting the the re-uptake of serotonin in the synaptic cleft and thus boosting levels of serotonin which helps the brain send messages from one nerve cell to another.
GlaxoSmithKline makes Paxil, which was first approved by the FDA in 2001.
Paroxetine (Paxil) Dosage
Paxil is available in the basic dosage forms as in capsules, liquid and as extended-release (long -acting) tablets. Paxil comes in four dosages: 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, and 40 mg.
People usually start Paxil dosing with the 20 mg daily. Your doctor may increase your dose according to the severity of the medical condition but your dose shouldn’t exceed 60 mg a day.
A dose range of 20 mg – 50 mg is recommended for patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). For patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder,the recommended dose of Paxil is 40 mg once in a day.
The recommended dose of paroxetine for social anxiety disorder is 20 mg to 60 mg daily.
Those with generalized anxiety disorder usually take 20 mg to 50 mg daily, and those with post-traumatic stress disorder usually take 20 mg a day.
Paxil Side Effects
Common side effects of Paxil include:
Nausea or vomiting
Change in sex drive or ability
Sore teeth and gums
Painful or irregular menstruation
Serious side effects can also occur. If you have any of these side effects, stop taking paroxetine and call your doctor right away:
Shortness of breath
A painful erection that lasts for hours
Paxil and Weight Gain
Paxil has been linked to cause increase in weight among users of the drug. weight gain is associated with a number of antidepressants.
Your doctor may suggest adjusting your diet plan and increasing the amount of exercise you get to reduce your chances of getting weighty while on Paxil.
Paxil and Alcohol
Paxil causes dizziness, the intake of alcohol while on Paxil dosing may aggravate this side effect and affect your judgement. Because of this, do not operate any machinery or drive until you know how Paxil affected you.