This medicine contains the active ingredient paroxetine which belongs to a group of medicines called antidepressants. Medicines like paroxetine which are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) help the brain cells to produce higher amount of a chemical serotonin which makes us feel happy and satisfied. Paroxetine is prescribed for the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (no control over thoughts or activities, having recurring and persistent ideas that make you do repetitive actions), panic disorder with or without agoraphobia (fear of public, open spaces), social anxiety disorders/social phobias (fear of new people and social situations), post-traumatic stress disorder (anxiety that appeared after traumatic experience) and general anxiety disorders (constant fear and worry).
Is Paroxetine suitable for me?
Paroxetine is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to paroxetine or other ingredients of this medicine
- if you are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), pimozide or thioridazine
- if you are under 18 years of age
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have liver or kidney disease
- have diabetes
- have epilepsy or other fits
- have a bleeding disorder
- have mania or panic disorder
- are receiving electroconvulsive therapy ECT
- have eyes problems
- have an eye problem called glaucoma
- have heart problems
- have irregular heartbeat
- are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding
Paroxetine interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Paroxetine?
This medicine is available in form of a film-coated tablet.
You should take paroxetine exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- The usual dose for depression is 20 mg per day. The maximum dose is 50 mg.
- The usual dose for obsessive compulsive disorder is 20 mg per day. The maximum dose is 60 mg.
- The maximum dose for panic disorder is 10 mg per day. The maximum dose is 60 mg.
- The usual dose for social anxiety disorder is 20 mg per day. The maximum dose is 50 mg.
- The usual dose for post-traumatic stress disorder is 20 mg per day. The maximum dose is 50 mg.
- The usual dose for anxiety disorder is 20 mg per day. The maximum dose is 50 mg.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Paroxetine side effects?
Like all medicines paroxetine can cause side effects, including:
- changes in sex drive or function
- impaired concentration
- dry mouth
- lack of appetite
- weight gain
- increase in blood cholesterol levels
- difficulty sleeping
- abnormal dreams/nightmares
- feeling sleepy
- dizziness, headache
- shakes (tremors)
- feeling agitated
- blurred vision
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.