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 698 306
Social anxiety disorder 211 97
Anxious mood 197 82
Post-traumatic stress disorder 173 94
Mild depression 78 25
Major depressive disorder 71 60

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 78
Moderate 123
Mild 147
None 224

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paroxetine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 34
Decreased sex drive (libido) 30
Sexual dysfunction 26
Nausea 21
Headaches 16
Dizziness 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paroxetine

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 23
40 mg daily 21
10 mg daily 12
30 mg daily 9
60 mg daily 5
25 mg daily 2
30 mg twice daily 2
5 mg daily 1
15 mg daily 1
37.5 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Paroxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 249
Side effects too severe 183
Doctor's advice 150
Other 105
Personal research 36
Expense 27
Course of treatment ended 26
Change in health plan coverage 18
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Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 30

Stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 102
1 - 6 months 128
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 74
2 - 5 years 102
5 - 10 years 48
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 448
Usually 79
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 25
Somewhat hard to take 44
A little hard to take 69
Not at all hard to take 434
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 5
$50-99 10
$25-49 38
< $25 291
Not specified 228

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Paroxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 32
Sertraline (Zoloft) 27
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 16
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 15
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 14

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Paroxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 23
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 16
Citalopram (Celexa) 15
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 15
Sertraline (Zoloft) 14

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52 patient evaluations for Paroxetine

Dec 31, 2018 (Started Feb 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 1987)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 15, 2015 (Started Jun 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for social anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (bad taste in mouth, nausea)
  • 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
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for social anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (bad taste in mouth, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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