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If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking paroxetine and each time you get a refill.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: thioridazine, other drugs that can cause bleeding/bruising (including antiplaet drugs such as clopidogrel, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, " blood thinners " such as warfarin ).
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Paxil.
Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely. Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough -and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
l the doctor right away if you notice worsening depression /other psychiatric conditions, unusual behavior changes (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes (including new/worsening anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, hostile/angry feelings, impulsive actions, severe restlessness, very rapid speech). Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed.
It may take up to several weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug.
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Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, eye pain /swelling/redness, widened pupils, vision changes (such as seeing rainbows around lights at night).
If any of these effects persist or worsen, l your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, weakness, dry mouth, sweating, blurred vision, and yawning may occur.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not store in the bathroom. Store at room temperature away from light and moisture.
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l your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
GENERIC NAME(S): Paroxetine Hcl.
Most MAO inhibitors should also not be taken for two weeks before and after treatment with this medication. Ask your doctor when to start or stop taking this medication. Avoid taking MAO inhibitors ( isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine ) during treatment with this medication. Taking MAO inhibitors with this medication may cause a serious (possibly fatal) drug interaction.
l your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: shaking (tremor), restlessness, inability to keep still, decreased interest in sex, changes in sexual ability, numbness/tingling, easy bruising/bleeding, fast/ irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness/spasm, seizures.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially bleeding or loss of coordination. Loss of coordination can increase the risk of falling. Older adults may also be more likely to develop a type of salt imbalance (hyponatremia), especially if they are also taking " water pills " ( diuretics ).
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A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching /swelling (especially of the face/ tongue /throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
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Aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding when used with this medication. However, if your doctor has directed you to take low-dose aspirin for heart attack or stroke prevention (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams a day), you should continue taking it unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
l your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness including alcohol, antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine ), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, and narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine).
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Before using this medication, l your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: personal or family history of bipolar /manic-depressive disorder, personal or family history of suicide attempts, liver problems, kidney problems, seizures, low sodium in the blood, intestinal ulcers/bleeding ( peptic ulcer disease ) or bleeding problems, personal or family history of glaucoma (angle-closure type).
Keep all regular medical and psychiatric appointments.
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This medication can slow down the removal of other medications from your body, which may affect how they work. Examples of affected drugs include atomoxetine, phenothiazines, pimozide, risperidone, tamoxifen, tetrabenazine, antiarrhythmics such as propafenone/ flecainide, TCA antidepressants such as desipramine / amitriptyline, among others.
Consult your doctor before breast -feeding. This drug passes into breast milk.
If it is near the time of the next dose, skip themissed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug. This medication may interfere with certain medical/laboratory tests (including brain scan for Parkinson's disease ), possibly causing false test results.
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Report any new or worsening symptoms right away. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. To prevent these symptoms while you are stopping treatment with this drug, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Also, you may experience symptoms such as mood swings, headache, tiredness, sleep changes, and brief feelings similar to electric shock.
Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before taking paroxetine, l your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Taking this medication with food may decrease nausea. If this medication makes you sleepy during the day, then talk to your doctor about taking it in the evening. Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily in the morning.
However, many similar drugs (immediate-release tablets) can be chewed/crushed. The manufacturer directs not to chew/crush the tablet before taking it. Follow your doctor's directions on how to take this medication.
If this occurs, stop using this drug and get medical help right away, or permanent problems could occur. Rarely, males may have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours.
Examples include street drugs such as MDMA/"ecstasy," St. The risk of serotonin syndrome/toxicity may be more likely when you start or increase the dose of these drugs. John's wort, certain antidepressants (including other SSRIs such as citalopram / fluoxetine, SNRIs such as duloxetine / venlaine ), tryptophan, among others. The risk of serotonin syndrome /toxicity increases if you are also taking other drugs that increase serotonin.
Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Symptoms of overdose may include: irregular heartbeat, fainting, severe dizziness, seizures. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at.
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Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially loss of appetite and weight loss. Monitor weight and height in children who are taking this drug.
These medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other important benefits. Therefore, it is very important to talk with the doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication (especially for people younger than 25), even if treatment is not for a mental/mood condition. Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression and other mental/ mood disorders. However, studies have shown that a small number of people (especially people younger than 25) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to l your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may start you at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed.
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Get medical help right away if you develop some of the following symptoms fast heartbeat, hallucinations, loss of coordination, severe dizziness, severe nausea / vomiting / diarrhea, twitching muscles, unexplained fever, unusual agitation/restlessness. The risk increases if you are also taking other drugs that increase serotonin, so l your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take (see Drug Interactions section). This medication may increase serotonin and rarely cause a very serious condition called serotonin syndrome /toxicity.
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It may harm an unborn baby, and babies born to mothers who have used it during the last 3 months of pregnancy may sometimes develop withdrawal symptoms such as feeding/breathing difficulties, seizures, muscle stiffness, or constant crying. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, l your doctor right away. However, since untreated mental/mood problems (such as depression, panic attack, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety ) can harm a pregnant woman and her unborn baby, do not stop taking this medication unless directed by your doctor. Instead, ask your doctor if a different medication would be right for you.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Paroxetine is known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It may decrease fear, anxiety, unwanted thoughts, and the number of panic attacks. This medication may improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living. It may also reduce the urge to perform repeated tasks (compulsions such as hand-washing, counting, and checking) that interfere with daily living.
If you are taking paroxetine for premenstrual problems, your doctor may direct you to take it every day of the month or just for the 2 weeks before your period through the first full day of your period.
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Paroxetine is used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder ( OCD ), anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It works by helping to restore the balance of a certain natural substance (serotonin) in the brain.Paroxetine