Paxil is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorders (GAD).
This medication has also been used to treat a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder- PMDD), function problems in men (premature ejaculation), nerve problems associated with diabetes, chronic headaches, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
What does Paxil Antidepressant treat?
This medication works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain.
What are the advantages of Paxil over other antidepressants?
Paxil is as effective in relieving depression as TCAs such as imipramine. However, Paxil causes fewer adverse cardiovascular and anticholinergic effects (dry mouth, constipation, blurred vision, urinary retention) than the older TCAs. It does not usually cause drowsiness or low blood pressure. Paxil has no active metabolites and leaves one's system 24 hours after it enters.
Paxil Antidepressant Dosage:
The usual dose of Paxil is 20 mg taken once daily, usually in the morning. Paxil comes in either 10 mg tablets and 40 mg tablets. For the depressed elderly, the recommended starting dose is 10 mg once daily. Physicians may change the dose by 10 mg at a time and the dose should not exceed 50 mg per day (40 mg in geriatric patients).
What are the most common side effects of Paxil Antidepressant?
For the most part, the side effects of Paxil are mild and brief. Only a small percentage of people have had to discontinue their use of Paxil because of side effects. Also, patients who stop taking Paxil abruptly often experience dizziness, nausea, vertigo and shock-like sensations. Therefore, slow tapering is recommended.
Paxil Antidepressant customer's reviews:
Reviewed by Anonymous
It somewhat helped my anxiety because I can now kill spiders and other insects which I have a phobia to, but did not totally take care of my anxiety. Was also not effective with depression. Side effects were not too bad, but had to be weaned off of the medication before starting a new one.