Paxil CR


What is Paxil CR?

Paxil CR and its generic equivalent paroxetine are an antidepressant drug that works to provide chemical balance within the brain to alleviate anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and even post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). This drug is part of the chemical drug group known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Important information about Paxil CR

The first three months are critical when using Paxil CR. Suicidal thoughts are common among those who use this drug especially among those who are young. Multiple doctor visits are generally scheduled to ensure Paxil CR is meeting objectives and that the patient is responding well.

The use of Paxil CR with an MAO inhibitor should never take place. Any use of an MAO inhibitor drug should stop two weeks before beginning therapy with Paxil CR. When treatment is complete the patient should also wait at least a week before resuming the use of an MAO inhibitor.

What to avoid while taking Paxil CR

Because Paxil CR can impair reactions and thinking it is important to refrain from alcohol use during treatment. You should also refrain from using medications that can cause drowsiness. This would include muscle relaxants, cold medications and narcotic pain medications among others. The combination can provide serious problems for Paxil CR users.

Possible side effects of Paxil CR

If your ability to reason becomes suspended for a period of time due to mania you will need medical intervention. Allergic reactions can include facial swelling, hives, tongue and throat swelling and breathing difficulties.

Other symptoms may include…

  • Coordination deficits
  • Dry mouth
  • Easy bruising
  • Fainting
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Impaired memory
  • Impotence
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Irregular or elevated heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Nosebleed
  • Rigid muscles
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Seizure
  • Shallow breathing
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Weakness
  • Weight changes

Other side effects may also be present. Please discuss all potential difficulties with your health care provider.

What do I do if I overdose on Paxil CR?

An overdose of most medications will require emergency medical attention. This is also true of Paxil CR. Indications of an overdose may include…

  • Aggression
  • Blurred vision
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Decreased urine output
  • Elevated heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Trembling

A caregiver should also be aware of these symptoms if they suspect a potential overdose.

Additional warnings

Although not prescribed by a doctor the use of aspirin and St. John’s wort may be problematic for those who use Paxil CR. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all medications, vitamins and supplements you may be taking. This will ensure the best possible result from the use of Paxil CR or any other medication for the treatment of anxiety or fear.

Where can I get more information?

The manufacturer (GlaxoSmithKline) provides a website dedicated to Paxil CR It can be found at www.paxilcr.com. You can also receive comprehensive details through your health care provider and pharmacist.

Note: Pill colors change based on the dosage strength.

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