Paxil (Paroxetine) is an antidepressant that is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Paxil belongs to the group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This medication works by affecting the chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. This medication may improve your mood, sleep, appetite and level of energy and may help you get back to a normal life.
We currently have the brand from Canada, UK and Turkey manufactured by GSK. The generic comes from India and Canada. It may come from other countries around the world. The generic Paroxetine is also called Pexep made from Intas Pharma in India. This medication is available in the strength of 10mg, 20mg, 30mg and 40mg tablets.
Common side effects include:
• Blurred vision;
• Dizziness, drowsiness;
• Dry mouth;
• Loss of appetite;
• Trouble sleeping;
Serious side effects include:
• Changes in sexual ability;
• Decrease in sex drive;
• Easy bruising/bleeding;
• Inability to keep still;
• Irregular heartbeat;
You should not take Paxil if you are allergic to paroxetine or if you are also taking primozide or thioridazine. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical condition and about all the medications you are currently taking including OTC and herbal medications. Inform your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking this medication. You should not start or stop taking this medication during pregnancy without your doctor’s advice. You should not breast-feed while taking this medication because Paroxetine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. This medication should not be given to anyone younger than 18 years old without a doctor’s advice. Paxil is not approved for treating depression in children. There may be an interaction between paroxetine and other medications such as alcohol, alfuzosin, amiodarone, atomoxetine, bupropion, celecoxib, clopidogrel, desmopressin, glyburide, insulin, losartan, mirtazapine, pioglitazone, pravastatin, quinine, warfarin, etc.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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