Overview of Paroxetine
Paroxetine is an antidepressant that belongs to the category of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. This medicine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It is also used to treat hot flushes related to menopause. This medicine shows its action by increasing the serotonergic activity in the central nervous system due to the inhibition of neuronal uptake of serotonin.
Paroxetine should not be consumed in following conditions such as:
- Avoid intake of this drug if you are suffering hepatic and renal impairment.
- You should not consume this medicine if you are allergic to generic Paroxetine.
- A person experiencing narrow angle glaucoma should not take this medication.
- If you have low level of sodium in your body, then you should not take this medicine.
- A person suffering from epileptic disease should avoid consumption of this medicament.
Storage condition of Paroxetine
- Keep this medicine at the temperature of 25 0C.
- Store this medication away from direct heat, light and moisture.
- Keep it away from the children.
Recommended dose of Paroxetine
- Adult dose for treatment of depression: A dose of 20 mg should be consumed orally via mouth along with sufficient amount of water. This medicine should be taken once in a day, in morning. It can be taken with or without food. Maintenance dose is 20 to 50 mg one time in a day.
- Adult dose for treatment of anxiety: A person should consume initial dose of 20 mg orally one time in a day in morning. Maintenance dose is 60mg orally in a day.
- Adult dose for the treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: An initial dose of 12.5 mg should be taken orally once in a day mainly in morning during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.
- Dose for treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A dose of 20 mg should be taken once in a day in morning. Maintenance dose is 20 to 50 mg one time in a day.
- Dose for the treatment of Postmenopausal Symptoms: A dose of 7.5 mg should be taken orally via mouth at the bedtime daily.
Various side effects exhibited by Paroxetine are blurred vision, weakness, drowsiness, dizziness, sweating, anxiety, shaking, insomnia, loss of appetite, constipation, dry mouth, yawning, decreased libido, eyes pain, swelling and sore throat, agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination and fainting.
- Intake of alcoholic beverage should be avoided as it increases the side effect of this medication.
- Intake of this medication impairs your thinking ability and makes you feel sleepy so you should not drive nor do any work that requires full concentration.
- You should consume NSAID's along with this medication only after consulting a doctor as it may lead to bruise or bleed easily.