Paroxetine belongs to the class of drugs called as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). This is the generic formulation of Paxil. The biological half-life of this drug is up to 21 hours.
What is Paroxetine used for?
This pill is used to treat several conditions like depression, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.
The working procedure of this drug is that it alters the natural substance like serotonin that is present in the brain. When this drug is taken, the patients can see visible improvement in mood, appetite, sleep cycle, as well as the energy level. It also renovates the interest of living a life.
Certain habits like washing hands or checking frequently would be diminished during the course of therapy. Those who are suffering from any of these conditions which interfere with their daily routine of the life can get prescribed Paroxetine.
How to take Paroxetine?
The medication should be taken the exact way that is prescribed by the doctor. The drug is available as an extended-release capsule as well as liquid form. In case the patient is taking the capsule, it should be taken as a whole without snorting, breaking, crushing or chewing it.
It is manufactured in such a way that when the patient takes the pill, immediately some of the ingredients in the drug are released and does a particular action on the body. After some time, the rest of the ingredients get released for doing some other actions on the body. The whole mechanism of the pill changes when it is broken and consumed.
The dosage strength depends on an individual so do not share the medicine with others. When the liquid form of this medication is taken, be careful not to take extra dose. To avoid drug overdose, the syrup can be measured with a dose measuring spoon every time it is taken.
Continue the medication till the prescribed period of time and it would take few weeks of time to see visible difference in the symptoms that are caused by this condition. When the dose is forgotten to be taken, it is wise to consume it only if it does not conflict with the next schedule of pill.
Paroxetine has curative effects on the condition, but in some cases certain side effects may also be aggravated.
Consult the doctor regarding the ill effects that are experienced by the patient without delay.
Interaction with other drugs
Tryptophan, Tomoxetine, Tramadol, Coumadin, Rizatriptan, Zolmitriptan, Carbamazepine, HIV or AIDS medications and mental disorder medications may intermingle with the drug and be harmful to the patient. So consult the physician regarding all the medications that are taken before taking Paroxetine.