Other names: Seroxat
Non branded versions are available.
Paroxetine is an antidepressant drug, one of a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which increase serotonin levels in the brain. It is normally prescribed for depression, particularly accompanied by anxiety.
How does paroxetine work?
Paroxetine works by increasing the stimulation between some cells in the brain.
How do I take paroxetine?
Paroxetine is taken orally as tablets.
Paroxetine is a long-term treatment. It may take up to four weeks to feel any benefits and some people can feel worse before they feel better. Paroxetine remains in the body for some weeks after an individual has stopped taking the drug, therefore, individuals should not stop abruptly but taper off treatment with a doctor's advice.
Common side effects include a decrease in sexual drive or ability, headache, nausea, problems urinating, change in appetite, constipation, unusual tiredness or weakness, tremor, trouble sleeping, anxiety, agitation, nervousness, changes in vision, fast or irregular heartbeat, burning or prickly sensations, and vomiting. Most of these side effects are transitory and should wear off as an individual adjusts to the drug.
Paroxetine is not advised for people with reduced kidney or liver function, or history of some types of mental health problems. It should also not be taken during pregnancy or when still breastfeeding, unless you are told otherwise by your doctor.
Paroxetine can interact with other medications that affect the central nervous system, notably carbamazepine, phenytoin and diazepam, affecting the rate at which they are absorbed.
Last updated: November 2017
Last reviewed: November 2017
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