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|Paroxetine 20 mg 30 tabl.||£59.30||Start consultation|
|Paroxetine 30 mg 30 tabl.||£62.15||Start consultation|
What is Paroxetine?
Paroxetine is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a medicine that regulates the level of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a so-called neurotransmitter: it acts as a chemical messenger between the nerve cells. A shortage of serotonin is known to be associated with depression, anxiety and other psychological problems. Paroxetine improves communication between the nerve cells and prolongs the mood-lightening effect of any released serotonin. Paroxetine is prescription-only medicine.
What is Paroxetine used for?
Paroxetine is used in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. It may also be used for other conditions, including nerve pain, premature ejaculation and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.
How to use Paroxetine
Paroxetine tablets can be taken at any time of the day with a drink of water, either with or without food. If Paroxetine makes you sleepy, the best time to take it is at bedtime. People with sleeping difficulties should take it in the morning. As with most antidepressants, it may take some time before the effect of Paroxetine is noticed. If your symptoms have not improved after 10 weeks, consult a doctor. If Paroxetine does have the desired effect, you will need to continue taking it for an extended period of time to prevent the symptoms from coming back.
Paroxetine is available in tablets of 20 mg and 30 mg. Your doctor will recommend the right strength for you. In adults, the recommended dose for depression and anxiety is:
- 20 mg, once a day.
The doctor may adjust this dose according to your body’s response to the medicine. For conditions other than those listed above, the doctor may prescribe a different dose. Paroxetine is not suitable for children under the age of 18. Read the package leaflet before use.
Paroxetine may cause side effects, although some people may not experience any. Side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine include:
- Fatigue, drowsiness, sleepiness;
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, diarrhoea);
- Loss of appetite;
- Sexual problems;
- Sleep disorders;
Most side effects are usually only temporary and will disappear within about a week once the body adjusts to the medicine. Consult a doctor if the side effects are persistent or if you experience side effects that are not listed above. For more information, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Paroxetine
Paroxetine is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this antidepressant if:
- You are allergic to paroxetine or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You are taking a type of medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or certain antipsychotic medicines (the doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing it with).
If you have diabetes, epilepsy or any other health condition, consult a doctor before using this medicine. It is also important that you tell the doctor what other medicines or nutritional supplements you are currently taking. The doctor will be able to advise you on potential drug interactions.
Do not use this medicine without consulting a doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Paroxetine may affect your alertness. Avoid potentially hazardous task such as driving or operating machinery if less alert.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Paroxetine as this is likely to worsen side effects such as drowsiness.