paroxetine, Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Paroxetine is used for the management of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), panic disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and social anxiety disorder.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of paroxetine are:

Other important side effects include:

  • increased blood pressure
  • seizures
  • sexual dysfunction

Some patients may experience withdrawal reactions upon stopping paroxetine. Symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • anxiety,
  • nausea,
  • nervousness, and
  • insomnia.

The dose of paroxetine should be gradually reduced when therapy is discontinued.

Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in short-term studies in children and adolescents with depression and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of paroxetine or any other antidepressant in a child or adolescent must balance this risk with the clinical need. Patients who are started on therapy should be closely observed for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/13/2015

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