The Paroxetine is used during the treatment of depression, panic attacks, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, the generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, of premenstrual dysphoric disorder and hot flashes during menopause.
It can also be used during the treatment of chronic headache , in the tingling of hands and feet caused by diabetes and some problems in the sexual sphere. Its use for the treatment of bipolar disorder is possible in combination with other drugs.
How does Paroxetine work?
The Paroxetine is an SSRI , or drug belonging to the class of serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors of serotonin . It is a group of drugs that work by increasing the levels of the so-called “good mood hormone” , serotonin , and which in this way counteract depression and other psychological disorders. However, it is not yet clear how Paroxetine manages to counter hot flashes.
How is Paroxetine taken?
Paroxetine is taken in the form of tablets, prolonged-release tablets or oral suspensions . The dosage is generally one dose per day, to be taken as appropriate in the morning or evening. Stomach problems can be avoided by taking Paroxetine on an empty stomach.
Collateral effects of Paroxetine
Paroxetine can cause narrow angle glaucoma .
Other potential side effects of the active substance include:
- difficulty concentrating
- He retched
- gastrointestinal constipation
- stomach ache
- alteration of taste
- decreased appetite
- weight changes
- changes in sexuality
- dry mouth
- tendency to yawn
- sensitivity to light
- feeling of tightness in the throat
- pain in the back, muscles, bones
- sensitivity or swelling in the joints
- muscle weakness or stiffness
- discomfort in teeth and gums
- strange dreams
- painful or irregular menstruation
Seek medical attention immediately if Paroxetine causes one of the following side effects:
- visual or auditory hallucinations
- fast, heavy or irregular heart beat
- chest pain
- fever, sweats, confusion and severe muscle stiffness or spasms
- bruising or bleeding
- presence of small red spots under the skin
- blisters or flaking
- sore throat, fever, chills, cough and other symptoms of infection
- uncontrollable tremors
- uncertain step that can make you fall
- sudden uncontrollable muscle spasms
- numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, arms or legs
- difficult, frequent or painful urination
- swelling, itching, burning or vaginal infections
- painful erections that last for hours
- sudden nausea, vomiting, weakness, cramps, swelling, dizziness, hand and foot tension, headache, confusion
- skin rash
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles or calves
- stool with blood or ax
- coffee-like or bloody-looking vomit
- bone pain
- sensitivity to touch, swelling or bruising on the body
- in children, decreased appetite and weight loss
Warnings on the use of Paroxentina
Paroxentina may interfere with the ability to drive or operate dangerous machinery.
The doctor should be informed before taking Paroxetine in cases:
- of allergies to the active substance, its excipients or to any medicines;
- of the medicines, phytotherapy or supplements taken, remembering to mention MAO inhibitors (even if the intake was stopped in the previous 2 weeks) and other antidepressants, anticoagulants, antihistamines, Fans, Atomoxetine, Atazanavir, Bromocriptina, Brupropione, Buspirone, Celecoxib , Chlorpromazine, Cimetidine, Clopidogrel, Codeine, Dexamethasone, Dextromethorphan, Diazepam, Dicloxacillin, Digoxin, Dipyridamole, diuretics, Fentanyl, Fosmprenavir, Haloperidol, Isoniazid, lithium, antiarrhythmals, proponamides, proponamides, psychopharmaceuticals , risperidone, tionavir, sibutramine, tamoxifen, terbinafine, theophylline, ticlopidine, timolol, Tramadol, Trazodone, Venlafaxine, Tryptophan and St. John’s wort;
- if you have used or still use drugs in the past or abuse drugs ;
- in the case of a recent heart attack , convulsions, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver, kidney or heart disease or low levels of sodium in the blood;
- you are pregnant or breastfeeding .
Your surgeon and your dentist should always be advised of your Paroxetine intake.