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USES: This medication is used to treat depression or other mental/mood disorders.
| Paxil |
This medication is used to treat depression or other mental/mood disorders.
- It may take two to three weeks before the full effects of this medication are observed.
- Continue taking this medication as prescribed.
- Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light.
- Do not store in the bathroom.
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- Take this medication by mouth exactly as prescribed.
- This is usually taken once a day in the morning.
- Initially, your dose may be increased gradually to find the proper amount for you.
- Do not increase your dose or take this more often than directed.
- Do not stop taking this medication without first consulting your doctor.
- Stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, headache and blurred vision may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication.
- Other side effects reported include dry mouth, constipation, diarrhea, appetite changes, tiredness, tremor, nervousness, anxiety, change in sex drive or sexual ability, sweating or altered tastes.
- If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor.
- Notify your doctor if you develop chest pain, rapid heart rate, vomiting, mental confusion, abnormal thinking, skin rash or breathing trouble while taking this medication.
- This medication may cause dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision.
- Use caution performing tasks requiring alertness and avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages which can aggravate these effects.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor if you have a pre-existing kidney disease, liver disease, seizure disorder, thyroid disease, history of substance abuse or if you have any allergies.
- This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- Since small amounts of this medication are found in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take especially barbiturates, cimetidine, antidepressants, MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine), sumatriptan, dexfenfluramine, phenytoin, digoxin and warfarin.
- If you are unsure of the contents or types of medications you take, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Avoid intake of alcohol which can aggravate side effects.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
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