Paroxetine is used to treat depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as well as treat panic disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The drug is known to create a balance in the levels of Serotonin in the brain. This is a naturally occurring chemical which affects the mood of the person.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Paroxetine must be taken with a meal to prevent stomach problems.
It must be swallowed whole by mouth.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Paroxetine ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Paroxetine each day.
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You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Paroxetine must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C).
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Paroxetine (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Paroxetine if you are allergic to any ingredient in Paroxetine; you are taking or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (e.g., phenelzine), selegiline, or St. John's wort within the last 14 days; you are taking a fenfluramine derivative (e.g., exfenfluramine), nefazodone, pimozide, a serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) (e.g., venlafaxine), sibutramine, hioridazine, or tryptophan.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
Certain medicines may interact with this drug like "triptans," MAOIs”. These drugs may have different interactions with Paroxetine.
Paroxetine is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Paroxetine. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Paroxetine, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.
It may cause painful erection and even may cause permanent impotence. So please consult your doctor immediately if you have an erection that lasts for more than 4 hours.
Paroxetine may cause a fatal syndrome called Serotonin syndrome.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Paroxetine. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Paroxetine usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Paroxetine. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.