Paxil is an antidepressant medication that refers to class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The cause of depression and anxiety may be found in a chemical disbalance in the brain. And serotonin is one of these chemicals, which helps in transmitting electrical signals from one nerve cell to another. During the process, serotonin released from one nerve cell (so called “sender”) travels to the next (= “receiver”), where it can be either absorbed or return to the sender cell.
Paroxetine is a tablet for oral taking. It is usually prescribed to take once daily and may be taken either with or without meals. Always follow a prescription of your doctor and never overdose. Do not stop taking Paxil even if you feel well. If you have taken long-term Paxil course continue to take Paxil without consulting your doctor. This medicine demands a regular taking for a few weeks to take full effect. Your doctor probably will want to decrease your dose gradually.
Paxil is an anti-depressant medicine that affects the chemicals used by nerves in the brain to communicate with one another. Neurotransmitters (the chemical messengers) are released by one nerve and taken up by other ones. Neurotransmitters that are released but not taken up by other nerves are taken up by the nerves that release them (“reuptake”). As it considered by many experts, the cause of depression is a disbalance among the variety of the neurotransmitters that are released. Paroxetine works on the principle of inhibiting the reuptake serotonin by the nerves that release it. That provides more serotonin to be available to be taken up by other nerves. Paroxetine belongs to a class of medicine called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
If you miss a dose of Paxil, take it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it following prescription. Do not take two doses at once.
Store Paxil at controlled room temperature between 20-25 degrees C (68-77 degrees F).
Paxil Safety information
Contra-indications: kidney disease, liver disease, seizures or epilepsy, a manic disorder or suicidal thoughts. Before taking Paxil, tell your doctor if you have any of the conditions listed above. It may be impossible for you to take Paxil, or you may need to increase a dosage or special monitoring during the course if you have any of the contra-indications. Paxil refers to FDA pregnancy category C, which means that it is not known how it will affect a future child. If you think you may be pregnant, do not take Paxil without consulting your doctor. Paxil passes into breast milk it may affect a nursing baby. It’s highly recommended to not take Paxil if you are nursing mother.
Paxil Side effects
Among possible side effects are the following:
- an irregular heartbeat or pulse;
- an allergic reaction (closing of the throat; difficulty breathing or swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; hives);
- high blood pressure (you may feel severe headache, blurred vision);
- low blood pressure usually expressed in dizziness and weakness;
- unusual bleeding or bruising; or fever or chills.
If you experience any of the side effects listed above, stop your Paroxetine course and contact your doctor as soon as possible or seek emergency medical treatment).
Less serious side effects listed below occur more often than serious ones.
Go on taking Paroxetine and notify your doctor in case you feel
- headache; nervousness, tremor, or anxiety;
- nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth;
- sleepiness or insomnia;
- changes in appetite or weight;
- decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.
Side effects different to those listed here may also occur. Consult your doctor about any Paxil side effect that seems unusual or that is especially troublesome.