Generic Name: Paroxetine (pa-ROX-e-teen)Drug Class: Antidepressant, SSRI
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
How it Works
How to Take It
This medicine should be taken about the same time every day, morning or evening
and can be taken with or without food. It may up to 4 weeks to reach full
effect, but you may see symptoms of depression improving in one to two weeks.
Make sure that you know how the medicine affects you before driving or performing
other hazardous tasks.
Possible Side Effects
- increased sweating
- dizziness, lightheadedness
- changes in sexual function
- Do NOT stop taking this medicine abruptly without talking to your doctor.
- It is recommended to avoid alcohol while taking this medicine.
- Starting doses and maximum doses are lower for patients over the age of 60.
- Paroxetine is not recommended to treat depression in children or teenagers. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center.
- Talk to your doctor if you are taking certain antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin or azithromycin. This medicine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss the benefits versus the risks of
using this medicine while pregnant. Because this medicine is excreted in the
breast milk, check with your doctor to discuss the risks to the baby.
More InformationFor more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
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