Paxil: Uses and Side Effects as Antidepressant

Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 11:09 PM

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Paxil is an antidepressant containing paroxetine hydrochloride. Paxil is used to treat a range of disorders associated with severe depression such as obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Paxil acts on the brain by altering the balance of chemicals associated with depression and anxiety. It is a psychotropic drug administered orally to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, and menopausal hot flashes and nights sweats.
 
Paxil is a trade name for paroxetine hydrochloride. It is also available in the following trade names: Aropax, Pexeva, Seroxat, Sereupin and Brisdelle.
 
Paxil is available in the form of tablets and also as suspension for oral administration.
The recommended daily dosage of Paxil suggested by doctors is 20 milligrams. However, the prescribed dosage of Paxil may vary from a minimum of 10 milligrams to a maximum of 60 milligrams per day based on the severity of the depressive psychosis disorder being treated. You must take your physician’s advice before taking this pain medication.

Who should not take Paxil? Since paroxetine hydrochloride is capable of affecting child development during pregnancy and is associated with birth defects, it is highly recommended that pregnant women do not take Paxil. A study published by the World Health Organization has shown that taking paroxitine hydrochloride during pregnancy can cause convolutions in newborn children. You need to place a close watch of youngsters and adolescents since Paxil may increase suicidal tendencies.
 
Intake of paroxitine hydrochloride may cause dizziness, blurring of vision, and drowsiness. Hence, those who take Paxil are advised not to drive or perform any activity that requires alertness. Some of the major side-effects of Paxil include dizziness and nausea, constipation, vertigo, dry mouth, diarrhea, somnolence, insomnia, blurred vision, loss of appetite, sexual dysfunction, paraesthesia, tremors, anxiety, sweating, and hypomania.
Paxil should be taken only upon physician’s prescription. Also, make it a point to get to the doctor if any of the symptoms worsen and you encounter increased mood swings; panic attacks; increased anxiety; trouble in sleeping; restlessness; and hostile, agitated, aggressive or hyperactive feeling.

Administration of Paxil may not cause a change in symptoms immediately. However, it acts slowly and continuously because of which withdrawal symptoms are more severe.
Some of the withdrawal symptoms you may sense while reducing Paxil administration include: dizziness, nausea, anxiety, emotional instability and crying, lightheadedness, vertigo, insomnia, and nightmares. To prevent such withdrawal symptoms, it is of utmost importance to note that Paxil should not be discontinued without physician’s advice. Be careful not to miss a dosage and never to overdose while on Paxil.

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