PAXIL is very useful in treating depression or OCD, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, or social anxiety disorder and it works by acting on serotonin, that helps send electrical signals from one nerve cell to another.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take PAXIL by mouth with a meal to avoid an upset stomach or without one.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
PAXIL falls under selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and it works by acting on serotonin, that helps send electrical signals from one nerve cell to another.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store PAXIL at room temperature between 20–25°C (68–77°F). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using PAXIL if you are allergic to any ingredient in it.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Your condition might be monitored or the dosage might be modified to suit you if you have conditions like liver or kidney disease, suffer form seizures, or from mania or have suicidal thoughts
PAXIL may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using PAXIL. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
PAXIL is in the FDA Category C.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using PAXIL to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using PAXIL as these drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips/tongue/face, or hives), irregular heartbeat, severely high blood pressure (blurred vision, headache), low blood pressure (dizziness, weakness), unusual bleeding or bruising, or fever or chills.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like headache, tremor, nervousness, or anxiety, nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, or changes in appetite or weight, sleepiness or insomnia, or decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.