Paroxetine is an antidepressant agent. Its active ingredient is paroxetine which is a selective inhibitor of serotonin reuptake. Analogues of Paroxetine are such well-known drugs like Paxil, Rexetin and others. The impact of this drug on other organs and systems is weak. During the studies of Paroxetine on a group of people whose health was normal, the impact on the cardiovascular system (pressure indicators, heart rate) was expressed to a small extent. This drug has good absorption when taken orally.
Indications for use
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders (obsessive-compulsive disorder);
- Depression of a different sort;
- Panic attacks, agoraphobia, social phobia and so on;
- PTSD and generalized anxiety disorders;
Paroxetine is released in the form of tablets. It should be taken once a day, in the morning, together with food intake. The instruction of the drug reports that its dosage is selected individually, by gradually increasing. Also gradually treatment with this drug brings the effect gradually. There are separate regimens of therapy for different states. Patients with diseases of the liver, kidney, older people should receive the amount of the drug, adjusted for their health status. Overall, after the symptoms of the disorder disappear, it is necessary to carry out maintenance therapy. Its duration can be up to six months or more. It is recommended to stop taking Paroxetine gradually.
- Epilepsy (in volatile form);
- The period of treatment with MAO inhibitors (the gap between taking these drugs and Paroxetine should be at least two weeks);
- Pregnancy and lactation;
- Many conditions and diseases must be a reason for the cautious use of this medication.
Side effects and overdose
Like many other antidepressants, Paroxetine may cause various disorders. For example, there are possible drowsiness, anxiety, nausea, decreased appetite, and sometimes convulsions. Eye-health may suffer. The urinary system sometimes reacts with decreased libido and urinary disorders. Allergic reactions are possible.
In case of overdose patients are sick, their eyeballs are dilated, the pressure changes may develop seizures. If the reception of Paroxetine was combined with alcohol – it can disturb cardiac activity, even lead to coma. Patients require skilled care. First and foremost, patients should perform gastric lavage. Further actions are based on the current symptoms.