Antidepressant Medication Paxil (Paroxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or social anxiety disorder.
DO NOT TAKE Paxil (Paroxetine) if you are also taking fenfluramine, dexfenfluramine, astemizole, terfenadine, sibutramine, tramadol, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE of Paxil (Paroxetine) OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking clozapine, cyproheptadine, lithium, selegiline, or tricyclic antidepressants. Other drugs besides Paxil (Paroxetine) which may affect the heart rhythm (QTc prolongation in the EKG) include dofetilide, pimozide, quinidine, sotalol, procainamide, and sparfloxacin among others. QTc prolongation can infrequently result in serious, rarely fatal, irregular heartbeats. Paxil (Paroxetine) may be taken on an empty stomach or with food.
STORE Paxil (Paroxetine) at room temperature, away from heat and light. Contine to take Paxil (Paroxetine) even if you feel better. AT LEAST 1 TO 2 WEEKS, and sometimes up to 4 weeks, may pass before Paxil (Paroxetine) reaches its full effect. DO NOT STOP TAKING Paxil (Paroxetine) without checking with your doctor.
Paxil (Paroxetine) MAY CAUSE drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Paxil (Paroxetine). DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL while you are taking Paxil (Paroxetine).
Paxil side effects: that may go away during treatment, include nervousness, trouble sleeping, headache, drowsiness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dry mouth, sweating, dizziness, lightheadedness, muscle spasms, or changes in sexual function.