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09 Feb 2012 02:24 PM

Paxil - An effective Anti-Depressant

Paxil (Paroxetine) belong to the group of anti-depressants that belongs to SSRI. SSRI means selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, where the active ingredient Paroxetine helps in increasing level of serotonin, eventually leading to a more balanced mental and physical state. Paxil can be found in tablet as well as suspension and dosage differs depending upon the type of drug being administered. Some of the common indications for which this medicine is prescribed are panic and anxiety attacks, depression, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder etc. Also available are the extended release tablets which are given to patients who have been diagnosed with severe depression issues to have a longer duration of its effect. We have already discussed about the use of this drug in depression, but doctors prescribe it in cases where a patient is undergoing immense anxiety due to excessive worrying after a traumatic experience that had a severe psychological effect on the person. In some cases women who suffer from serious premenstrual dysphoric problem are also given extended release tablet to take a control on their activities.

Use of this Medicine

Always make a habit of taking your medicine that has been prescribed regularly and on same time daily. If you feel comfortable to have it with your morning breakfast, set aside a reminder or a note so that you won’t forget and miss your dose or would not take an extra dose if you feel that you have missed it. Follow the instructions carefully and take it with or without food as the doctor has suggested you. If you are in confusion consult a certified pharmacist or your medical practitioner to understand and clarify your doubt to avoid any confusion. In case of suspension liquid medicine, shake the bottle well so that the mixture become homogenous and even out the medication inside it. Tablets must be swallowed completely, never try to crush or chew the tablet in your mouth. If you experience swallowing it, report this to the doctor so that an alternative option can be chalked out.
Paroxetine will help in balancing the condition; it won’t eradicate or cure the ailment. To experience the complete effect of this medicine it is important to remain patient until its complete course is finished. Do not stop taking Paxil or any other supplementary drug if you start feeling normal, instead inform the doctor that you are experiencing its benefits and obtaining positive results. Once the doctor checks your condition, he will decide whether to stop or continue the drug. If this medicine is abruptly stopped paroxetine can show withdrawal symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, headache, dizziness, nausea etc. these symptoms can also be seen when the doctor has reduced the dose or has asked you to temporarily stop the medication.

Precautions to follow:

Always talk in detail to your doctor, the more you are able to explain your state or how you are feeling the better diagnosis and medication can be prescribed by the doctor. Always tell about your habits if you smoke or consume alcoholic beverages. It is always good to tell your doctor about family history, allergies or any existing hereditary diseases such as hypertension or diabetes in your family or siblings.
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