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Active Ingredient(s): Paroxetine
FDA Approved: December 29, 1992
Category: Antidepressant

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Paroxetine (also known by the trade name Paxil among others) is an antidepressant drug of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) type. Paroxetine is used to treat major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and vasomotor symptoms (e.g. hot flashes and night sweats) associated with menopause[5][6] in adult outpatients. Marketing of the drug began in 1992 by the pharmaceutical company Smi...

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Anxiety Medicine - Sleep Medicines, what can I do?
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Hi, I am long time anxiety patient - i've been on paxil, buspar, lexapro, zanaflex, remrom, flexiril, tricyciclants, trazodone - you name it. Also, with this I have had bad insomnia. I will not sleep for nights at a time, and it is affecting my work as well as my social life. I have tried (for sleep) Lunesta 2-4mg, Ambien 20mg, Sonata 40mg, and Prosom 2mg. I also aso tried restriol. For anxiety I have been on Ativan, Valium, Klonopin, and Versed. At the time, none of the night medicines work, I will even combine them. My anxiety (which is so common in my family) keeps me up. The problem is, they tend to either prescribe one (sleep medicine) or the other (anxiety). I have insurance, and would be willing to see a doctor. MY GAD is so awful lately, it's maybe Er TIME. So, does anyo...
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Quit Paxil now starting it up
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Hi, I'm a 31 y/o male and in March of 2014 I began to think that I had cancer. Specifically a brain tumor. Well after a couple of trips to the ER I was recommended to a psych dr. My dr said that due to my father and sister having anxiety problems I probably have general anxiety disorder. I was prescribed 20mg of Paxil and 1mg of Ativan to help with first couple weeks while my body gets adjusted to the Paxil. The Paxil worked wonderful, in fact it worked so well I decided to get off the drug cold turkey while my wife and I tried to have a baby. My wife is going after being off it for 4/5 weeks I began to have terrible anxiety again. I began to project the worse possible scenarios. I did not want to harm myself or anyone else but I was afraid that it could turn into that. You read all...
Updated 6 days ago.
paxil and vissual disturbance
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Hi I recently started paxil again after 2 years due to having very severe anxiety attacks. I have now been on paxil for 4 weeks and am starting to have very bad vissual snow. My vission is very hazy specially in the dark looks almost like camera noise. Now I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this whilst starting up paxil will it fade with time or is it here to stay ? I've been on.paxil twice in.the past and have never had this side effect
Updated 12 days ago.
New to Paxil
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I just started taking Paxil two days ago. As of this moment I feel sick and depressed. I started taking Paxil after two weeks of Effexor made my symptoms much worse. I feel like I'm hanging onto my sanity by a thread. All these brief ups and and never ending downs are just too much to deal with on a daily basis. Please Paxil work your magic!! ## Hello, Ed! How are you? Unfortunately, many antidepressants can cause a temporary worsening of symptoms for a few weeks, before things change and your symptoms start to improve. I take one for PMS/perimenopausal irritability and overtime we adjust the dosage, I just tend to expect it for about 3 weeks, before I see an improvement. The FDA lists Paxil as being an SSRI antidepressant and its typical side effects are listed as possibly includin...
Updated 22 days ago.
Just started paxil again after a year of not being on it
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I have suffered panic anxiety my whole life the last year I thought I could control it with just the lorazapam. But not. So I am back trying to get through the side effects It been its been 5 days and I am on about 2mgs a day I am very sensitive as long as I keep lorazapam on board the side effects are not so bad. But if I get the least bit anxious as the lorazapam weres off i will sometimes get this burning feeling all through my body and if freaks me out wonder the WTH now but it does pass just annoying and tiring trying to control that panic all the time just want to know if this is normal. Oh and one other side effect if my skin becomes very sensitive and welts up ## Hello, Mickey! How are you? Anytime that you stop a medication and restart it, after a long period of time, start a n...
Updated 1 month ago.
chronic fatigue med
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I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Have suffered with both for years. There are times when I don't have enough energy to get out of bed for days. Plus,sleep for 24 to 36 hrs straight. Only to go to bathroom then back to sleep. I have no quality of life. Used to travel for my career and never stopped. This doing nothing is not me. My family and friends don't understand why I am not up and about as I used to be. My FIBRO pain is mostly under control, but nothing I have tried has controlled my chronic fatigue. Biochemic cell salts is working for the FIBRO. Any suggestions? Willing to try anything. Am now looking at natural meds. Several are available but don't know what is best. Very confused. Almost missed my mothers funeral. Sad situation. People need me and I am lettin...
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I have been on VIIBRYID for two months and no help. Was on paxil over ten years but was on 60 mg for two years before switching. Reason for switching was due to post postpartum depression after my third child. I want to go back on paxil because it works for me but I would like some feedback on stopping and starting. I was tapered on paxil while tapering on to VIIBRYID but would there be a problem if I took 60 mg of paxil and just stop the 40 mg of VIIBRYID?? I have a Dr appointment tomorrow but just want others opinions.
Updated 1 month ago.
Increasing tiredness from low dose of Paxil
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I started out on a VERY low dose of Paxil 1.5mg for 7 days and today is day 9 and have been on 2.25mg for 2 days. I am finding I could sleep all day and can't function- anyone else experience this and will it slowly taper off???? ## Hello, MK! How are you feeling? Yes, that is listed by the FDA as a possible side effect of SSRI antidepressants. You may also experience nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth and weight changes. It should taper off, but not until you are on one steady dose for awhile, so your body can get used to it. As long as you are gradually titrating up, you'll likely continue to experience this. Is there anything else I can help with? ## Unfortunately when I gradually got up to 10 mg I had bad side effects of a burning sensation through my whole body, sweats ...
Updated 1 month ago.
anxiety and depression
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I just got out of Dover Behavior health for a nervous meltdown I was prescribed Paxil & xanax what scares me is the other medications I'm on which are percocet 10mg no Tylenol & oxycontin 40mg. I went today to pain management and they had received my record's for Dover. I told my Dr my fears and she said that my fears were just my anxiety and I had no need for worrying. I just think that's a lot of medications. am I just over reacting or are my fears valid? I need somebody to tell me what they think. {edited for privacy} ## Hello, Susan! How are you doing? I'm very sorry about the hospitalization. However, your doctor is correct, as long as they aren't causing you any bad symptoms, then there is no reason to worry. Many people take far more medications in a d...
Updated 4 months ago.
How do I raise me paxil intake
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So I was taking 30mg and over the past few months since June I believe I went from 30mg to 2.5mg because I didn't being tired and basicly feeling like a zombie. But now I'm at 2.5mg its like I'm taking nothing my anxiety it sky high again and my OCD is going to drive me insane. My Dr made me go from 10- 20 then 20 to 30. So can I go from 2.5 to 10mg. I think 10 would help me a lot. Then in a month I go back to 20 if 10 don't help. So is this safe.
Updated 6 months ago.

Possible Dosages for this and Related Drugs:

  • Capsule: 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 7.5mg
  • Suspension: 10mg/5ml
  • Tablet: 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 50mg
  • Tablet, Delayed Release: 25mg
  • Tablet, Extended Release: 12.5mg, 25mg, 37.5mg
Note: Above list includes dosages for all drugs with the same combination of active ingredients.

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