What is Paroxetine?

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Paroxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant used in the treatment of depression as well as anxiety disorders.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 622 258
Anxious mood 193 74
Social Anxiety Disorder 183 81
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 123 67
Mild Depression 77 20
Major Depressive Disorder 55 33

Show all 119 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 69
Moderate 106
Mild 115
None 184

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paroxetine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 31
Sexual dysfunction 23
Sex drive (libido) decreased 19
Headaches 15
Dizziness 13
Nausea 13

Show all 165 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paroxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 48
40 mg daily 33
10 mg daily 24
30 mg daily 16
60 mg daily 8
50 mg daily 4
7.5 mg daily 3
10 mg/5 mL daily 3
25 mg daily 2
1 other daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Paroxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 208
Side effects too severe 168
Doctor's advice 121
Other 99
Personal research 33
Expense 23
Course of treatment ended 21
Change in health plan coverage 14
See all 469 patients who’ve stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 54

Stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 80
1 - 6 months 119
6 months - 1 year 60
1 - 2 years 64
2 - 5 years 84
5 - 10 years 40
10 years or more 32
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 371
Usually 63
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 22
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 25
Somewhat hard to take 43
A little hard to take 60
Not at all hard to take 346
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 4
$50-99 8
$25-49 36
< $25 241
Not specified 185

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Paroxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 18
Sertraline (Zoloft) 17
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 12
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 9
Citalopram (Celexa) 9

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Paroxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 13
Sertraline (Zoloft) 12
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 11
Citalopram (Celexa) 10
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 6

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching to

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49 patient evaluations for Paroxetine

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leejon66
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leejon66
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
68 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
PTSD

See leejon66's full Paroxetine history

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 1987)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
BipolarQueen
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BipolarQueen
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 4
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
30 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: n
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

See BipolarQueen's full Paroxetine history

Nov 15, 2015 (Started Jun 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Social Anxiety Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Nausea, Bad taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I wasn't prepared for the nausea with this one,it was a nightmare and took sevral weeks to fade but never went away.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 14, 2015 (Started Jun 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Social Anxiety Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Nausea, Bad taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
oltinman
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oltinman
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vb
I have:
ALS

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Sep 10, 2015 (Started Mar 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Erectile dysfunction, ED at)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 28, 2011 (Started Mar 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Erectile dysfunction, ED at)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Works at this dosage. First dosage caused ED.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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