Paxil (international nonproprietary name - paroxetine) belongs to a high-demanded group of antidepressants - selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. The
modern pace of life and an abundance of all kinds of stresses oftentimes makes antidepressants the only hope to remove accumulated tension and deal with
fears and phobias.
Paxil is manufactured in film-coated tablets, the hallmark of which is engraved in the form of a figure ‘20’ on one side. A single tablet contains 20mg of
paroxetine, the active ingredient. The cardboard packaging can feature 1, 3 or 10 blisters.
Paxil is currently offered by two pharmaceutical companies: the French Glaxo Wellcome Production’ and the Romanian ‘Es.Si. Eurofarm’.
Paxil provides a powerful antidepressant mechanism of action and inhibits reuptake of neurons of the brain, known as the ‘happiness hormones’. According to
Paxil reviews and clinical practice, unlike a range of other antidepressants (amitriptyline, clomipramine, imipramine), it does not cause increased blood
pressure and has no inhibitory effect on the central nervous system.
Another clinically important feature is the lack of its effect on heart function, including heart rate and ECG.
In accordance with the instructions, the preparation is prescribed in the following pathological conditions: depression, and virtually all types and
degrees of severity.
Another important thing, which explains a lot of positive feedback about Paxil is high efficiency of the drug against recurrence of depression, which
considerably complicates treatment; and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Under these tricky terms, taken from the pages of specialized literature on psychiatry and psychotherapy, lie neurotic conditions associated with any
obsession; panic disorders, including agoraphobia (fear of open spaces); social phobia; generalized anxiety disorder. It is a mental disorder does not have
a specific object, circumstance or condition characterized by a persistent state of general anxiety and nervousness.
Brief instructions for use
Regardless of the disease Paxil is recommended for use once a day during morning hours. In case of depression treatment, the daily dose of Paxil equals 20
mg on average. The doctor with the patient assesses the effectiveness of the treatment and in the absence of a pronounced effect increases the daily dose
by 10mg per week up to a maximum of 50 mg.
Adjustment of treatment (when necessary) is carried out after 2-3 weeks of therapy. In obsessive compulsive disorders Paxil taking 40 mg per day, if
necessary - 60 mg, but no more. Panic disorder is also typically require 40 mg daily.
The initial dose of 10 mg weekly increases with an eye to the effectiveness of the therapy. In this case, it is recommended to start with small doses, so
as not to aggravate the symptoms of panic in the initial phase of therapy.
Paxil is peculiar to the so-called withdrawal symptoms when ceasing the course is accompanied by a number of undesirable symptoms: dizziness, sleep
disorders, anxiety and etc.
However, it should be noted that the severity of these symptoms does not exceed reasonable limits. However, if needed, the lowering of the daily dose
should be made smoothly without interrupting treatment dramatically.
The risk of overdosing is minimal, but is not excluded. These states can be recognized by the appearance of most of the above symptoms, the list of which
is complemented by differences in blood pressure, and fever. An antidote to Paxil does not exist, so the relief is carried out by of general algorithms.