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Paxil (Overview)

Paroxetine is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of antidepressant drug (psychiatric drug).


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What can Paxil (paroxetine) do for my anxiety?

What can Paxil (paroxetine) do for my anxiety?

Treat: It works to control your anxiety symptoms. It does not work right away to remove panic symptoms, and you should take it everyday for at least 6 weeks. Usually it takes several weeks for it to start working, so I recommend you start counseling as well to help you come up with ways to control your anxiety. ...Read more

Paxil (Overview)

Paroxetine is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of antidepressant drug (psychiatric drug).


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Can taking Paxil (paroxetine) make you gain weight?

Can taking Paxil (paroxetine) make you gain weight?

Yes: Out of the ssri medications, Paxil (paroxetine) seems to be the one most common to contribute to weight gain (and this is on the fda adverse reaction list for this medication. Other ssris such as Prozac and zoloft (sertraline) do not have weight gain listed by fda as possible adverse reaction. Talk with your provider to consider alternatives if this concerns you. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: paxil (paroxetine)?

SSRI Antidepressant: Paxil (paroxetine) is an ssri antidepressant approved for treatment of unipolar (as opposed to bipolar) depression as well as a variety of anxiety-spectrum conditions. It carries a relatively greater risk of medication interactions & is considered to be less safe for a developing fetus as compared to some other antidepressants. All antidepressants have risk of emergent suicidal thinking in young people. ...Read more

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Is there any benefit over Paxil (paroxetine) cr over the regular paxil (paroxetine)? Why would one prescribe one over the other? Just courious.

Is there any benefit over Paxil (paroxetine) cr over the regular paxil (paroxetine)? Why would one prescribe one over the other? Just courious.

Side-effects: Paxil (paroxetine) cr has no advantage over regular Paxil (paroxetine) in terms of effectiveness. For most patients there is no advantage at all. However, some patients might find Paxil (paroxetine) effective, but have side-effects that appear to be related to peak levels of the medication. In that circumstance, Paxil (paroxetine) cr may be helpful. ...Read more

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Use Paxil (paroxetine) during your pregnancy? Te fistula related?

Paxil (paroxetine) in pregnancy: Paxil (paroxetine) is considered category d in pregnancy, which means there were reports of fetal abnormalities. I would not recommend it. ...Read more

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Used Paxil (paroxetine) 8 yrs. For depression. Was fired from 2 jobs. I believe drug caused aggressive behavior at work. Anyone heard of this side effect?

Used Paxil (paroxetine) 8 yrs. For depression. Was fired from 2 jobs. I believe drug caused aggressive behavior at work. Anyone heard of this side effect?

Paxil (paroxetine) & aggression?: Ssri antidepressants generally calm aggression rather than increasing it. A small percentage of patients (3-5%) may experience agitation on the medication. There have been legal arguments about the "agitation" manifesting as aggression. On the other hand, depression itself may cause irritability and angry outbursts. ...Read more

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Will Paxil be as effective as the first time I took it? Right now im on pristiq (desvenlafaxine) but I think im gonna get back to paxil... Cz it really helped my SA

Discuss...: Talk to your provider about this first before making any changes yourself. If you were changed to another medication while you were taking Paxil (paroxetine) before there is most likely a good reason. Mental health medication is not harmless so it is very important that they are handled and taken as recommended. Different people react differently to medication. That's why it is important to f/u w/ your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does Paxil (paroxetine) take to have a therapeutic effect? Why does it not work instantaneously, like benzodiazepines?

How long does Paxil (paroxetine) take to have a therapeutic effect? Why does it not work instantaneously, like benzodiazepines?

4-8 weeks: It takes about 4 to 8 weeks to see the full effects of a particular dose of paxil (paroxetine). This is because the immediate Paxil (paroxetine) effects of increasing serotonin levels in the areas that connect brain cells (synapses) are not correlated with changes in mood or anxiety; instead, receptor changes and nerve growth factors stimulated by weeks of elevated serotonin seem to be. ...Read more

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Hi, I am now using losiram for a month for social phobia and I am not seeing any emprovement. I want to now if Paxil (paroxetine) works better? Thank you

Hi, I am now using losiram for a month for social phobia and I am not seeing any emprovement. I want to now if Paxil (paroxetine) works better? Thank you

What dose?: Before you stop what you are on now, your doctor should be considering whether you are on an appropriate (therapeutic) dose and whether you have been on that dose long enough to have been able to give it a fair trial. All the ssri's have the potential to help with social anxiety; a given individual may do better with one than another. Paxil (paroxetine) may work better, but then again so might zoloft. ...Read more

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I have been on Paxil (paroxetine) 20mg for 1 month recently I was switched to Zoloft 50mg. How long does it take for Zoloft to kick in? 3-6 weeks from starting Paxil (paroxetine)

It varies: Zoloft ; Paxil (paroxetine) are similar medications with similar mechanism of action so you are not really starting at ground zero again. All the same, I usually have patients give the new medication 3-4 wks before deciding to change it or increase the dose. Individual response to anti-depressant medication varies quite a bit. There may be some trial ; error to find the right med for you. Hang in there. ...Read more

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Is it safe for Paxil (paroxetine) and pregnenolone to be taken at the same time?

Paxil/Proges.: Each has its own side-effect profile, but mixing the two should not cause interference with one another. ...Read more

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I take Paxil (paroxetine) 40mg. I am ready to come off of it. How can I come off of Paxil (paroxetine) safely and with the least amount of side effects?

I take Paxil (paroxetine) 40mg. I am ready to come off of it. How can I come off of Paxil (paroxetine) safely and with the least amount of side effects?

Consult With MD: First and foremost, always consult with the prescribing md before making any changes to your medication regimen. Paxil (generic paroxetine) is well known to cause problems when tapering. One may experience anxiety, insomnia, and flu-like symptoms (known as discontinuation syndrome) when tapering. The key to avoid such problems is to taper slowly and to work closely with one's md. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to have one drink while taking paxil (paroxetine)?

Hard to answer: This kind of question makes doctors uncomfortable. The official recommendation is to avoid all alcohol. Yet many people have 1 drink and do ok. So it's not usually dangerous — but it could be. Alcohol plus Paxil (paroxetine) can be overly sedating, impair driving, prevent the Paxil (paroxetine) from working as well, could (rarely) cause a seizure, etc. Weigh the risks and benefits, and make your own adult decision. ...Read more

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How do you reverse the side effect of Paxil (paroxetine) for sexual normalty?

How do you reverse the side effect of Paxil (paroxetine) for sexual normalty?

Sexual side effects: You can not take reverse the side effects and if side effects are severe and affecting quality of life then you have to talk to your treating physician and change the medicine. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of Paxil (paroxetine) used long term?

None: If you are tolerating it and responding to it then there is nothing wrong with being on it indefinitely. There are no known long term side effects and it has been around for a long time. I usually try to stop it 1-2 years after the first episode. With recurrent episodes I recommend staying on it. ...Read more

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I have been on Paxil (paroxetine) twice before. Now is my 3rd time. 4 weeks in, I can't see a difference like before. Has my system got used to it?

I have been on Paxil (paroxetine) twice before. Now is my 3rd time. 4 weeks in, I can't see a difference like before. Has my system got used to it?

Perhaps Call yr doc: There is fairly good data that if one sri (the family of medications that Paxil (paroxetine) is in) doesn't work, another member of that family may help (prozac, zoloft, celexa). There are also many other options in terms of medications for anxiety and depression. Here is a good link from the mayo clinic about this topic:

http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/antidepressants/an01312. ...Read more

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How long do Paxil (paroxetine) effects last after you stop?

Discontinuation: I assume you are experiencing a discontinuation syndrome from abruptly stopping the medication. This is characterized by flu-like symptoms, tingling in fingertips or a sense of derealization. Generally, these symptoms improve in 5 to 7 days. Although not the worst of the ssri's, Paxil (paroxetine) has a fairly strong discontinuation syndrome. Side effects produced while taking disappate w/in 7 to 14days of sto. ...Read more

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Will fresh grapefruit or juice interact with Paxil (paroxetine) and/or lamictal?

No: Grapefruit (juice) does not interfere with the metabolism of either Paxil (paroxetine) or lamictal. The two drugs do not interfere with either's metabolism. ...Read more

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What do you think about this combination: 60 mg Prozac + 60 mg Paxil (paroxetine) once daily?

What do you think about this combination: 60 mg Prozac + 60 mg Paxil (paroxetine) once daily?

Prozac (fluoxetine): It is risky to combine two similar medications of the same ssri group, plus, that high dose most likely will result in serotonin syndrome. ...Read more

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Can you mix two anti depressants? Which anti depressant works best with Paxil (paroxetine) 25 mg?

Some doctors do: Some doctors do mix two - some even more. I shouldn't second guess them, but i'd be curious to understand specifically what they are looking for by doing that. In any case, it would not be up to you to decide to do it or what to pick. You could disagree and either convince them or change doctors. Making those decisions is what the doctors are responsible for. You help with honesty and cooperation. ...Read more

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What are signs of overdose on paxil (paroxetine)?

What are signs of overdose on paxil (paroxetine)?

Overdose paxil (paroxetine): Signs and symptoms of paroxetine (paxil) overdose include tremors, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, dizziness, sweating, altered mental status, seizures, increased deep tendon reflexes, arrhythmias, and low blood pressure. Death is rare and has typically been described in patients taking multiple medications. ...Read more

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How can I get Paxil (paroxetine) and how much it's with out insurance?

Not expensive: Paxil (paroxetine) is a fairly inexpensive ssri anti-depressant medication that works very well in most patients and requires a prescription. It should be less than 20 dollars for a month supply depending on the dosage. It does take time to build in your system (sometimes up to 3 weeks) so be patient with it. Dosage may need adjusting by gradually tapering up. It comes in 10, 20, 30 and 40 mg. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on too many paxil (paroxetine)?

Yes: Paxil/paroxetine's max dose is 50-60 mg. Any medication can cause severe harm when taken in an overdose. Paxil is no exception. Follow the directions from your physician. If in an overdose situation, call 911 and get immediate help. ...Read more

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What does Paxil (paroxetine) do?

What does Paxil (paroxetine) do?

SSRI: Paxil (paroxetine) is a selective seritonin reuptake inhibitor. It is used to treat a number of conditions including depression, anxiety and ocd. ...Read more

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What's the concern with paxil (paroxetine)?

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Paxil (paroxetine): Most concerns stem from the black box warning of increase suicidality, although rare, and the birth defects if taken during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How many hours does Paxil (paroxetine) last?

Paxil (paroxetine): The half life of Paxil (paroxetine) is 21 hours, meaning half of the drug is gone from your system in that time. It generally takes 6 half life's for a drug to be completely gone from York system. This would be 126 hours. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on too many paxil (paroxetine)?

Yes: Paxil/paroxetine's max dose is 50-60 mg. Any medication can cause severe harm when taken in an overdose. Paxil is no exception. Follow the directions from your physician. If in an overdose situation, call 911 and get immediate help. ...Read more

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Paroxetine (Definition)

Brand name paxil, (paroxetine) it's an ssri used for treating depression, anxiety, ocd, and several other conditions. It ...Read more