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 of depression and also relieves symptoms of panic and obsessive disorders.
Q. After how many days of taking Paxonil will I start feeling better?
You may start to see an improvement in your symptoms after 1-2 weeks of starting the treatment. In case you do not see any improvement, do not stop the medicine and consult your doctor. It may take around 4-6 weeks to see the full benefits of the medicine.
Q. I feel that my symptoms have worsened after having started taking Paxonil. Can I stop it on my own or do I need to consult the doctor?
No, do not stop taking Paxonil abruptly, without consulting your doctor. This is a common problem with Paxonil that initially you may feel that your symptoms have worsened but the benefits start appearing after 1-2 weeks. If the worsening does not improve even after 1-2 weeks, you must consult your doctor.
Q. Can Paxonil affect my sex life?
Yes, Paxonil use may affect your sex life. It can cause decreased sexual desire and inability to reach orgasm in both men and women. Additionally, men may even experience abnormal erection and ejaculation.
Q. What is the effect of Paxonil on children?
Paxonil should not be used in children under 18 years of age. The reason being, patients under 18 have an increased risk of experiencing side effects such as suicidal thoughts, aggression, oppositional behavior and anger when they take Paxonil. If your doctor has prescribed Paxonil for your child and you are worried about these side effects, discuss it with your doctor.
Q. I have been taking tamoxifen for breast cancer. Can I take Paxonil with it?
No, you should not take Paxonil if you are receiving tamoxifen. Tamoxifen often causes hot flashes (episodes of feeling extremely hot), which can be treated with Paxonil. But Paxonil may reduce the effectiveness of tamoxifen and can lead to recurrence of breast cancer.
Q. Do I need to be careful while taking Paxonil if I am a diabetic?
Yes, you need to be careful while taking this medicine if you are a diabetic. Paxonil may alter your blood sugar levels and your dose of insulin or antidiabetic medicines may need adjustment. Talk to your doctor regarding this and keep a regular check on your blood sugar levels.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 13th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.