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    Information about Paroxetine

    Paroxetine uses

    How paroxetine works

    Paroxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain. This improves mood and physical symptoms in depression and relieves symptoms of panic and obsessive disorders.

    Common side effects of paroxetine

    Low sexual desire, Delayed ejaculation, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Nausea, Dryness in mouth, Weight gain, Erectile dysfunction, Stomach upset

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    Expert advice for Paroxetine

    • Often a preferred treatment of anxious depression as well as major depressive disorder with anxiety disoders.
    • It can take 2-3 weeks for Paroxetine to start working.
    • Do not stop treatment suddenly as this may cause a stomach upset, flu-like withdrawal symptoms and sleep disturbance.
    • If your doctor asks you to stop Paroxetine, you should reduce the dose slowly over 4 weeks.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Paroxetine, as it may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness.
    • The addiction/dependence potential of Paroxetine is very less.

    Frequently asked questions for Paroxetine


    Q. Is Paroxetine available or sold over the counter?

    No. Paroxetine is a prescription drug. It is not available or sold over the counter

    Q. Is Paroxetine safe?

    Yes. Paroxetine is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor

    Q. Is Paroxetine a narcotic/controlled/addictive substance?

    No. Paroxetine is not a narcotic/controlled substance. However, it can cause addiction in some cases because of its effects on the brain

    Q. Is Paroxetine the same as Xanax?

    No. Paroxetine is an anti-depressant while Xanax (alprazolam) is a sedative/anti-epileptic drug

    Q. Is Paroxetine a MAOI/benzodiazepine/anti-depressant?

    Paroxetine is not a MAOI (mono-amino oxidase inhibitor) or a benzodiazepine. It is an anti-depressant

    Q. Does Paroxetine cause headache, weight loss, memory loss, hair loss, high blood pressure?

    Yes. Paroxetine may cause headache, weight loss, memory loss, hair loss or high blood pressure. If you experience any such symptoms, please consult your doctor.

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 June, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)