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 700 307
Social anxiety disorder 211 97
Anxious mood 197 80
Post-traumatic stress disorder 172 94
Mild depression 80 23
Major depressive disorder 72 58

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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 79
Moderate 127
Mild 143
None 222

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paroxetine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 35
Decreased sex drive (libido) 28
Sexual dysfunction 27
Nausea 21
Headaches 16
Dizziness 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paroxetine

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 42
40 mg daily 26
10 mg daily 15
30 mg daily 8
25 mg daily 6
60 mg daily 4
37.5 mg daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2
5 mg daily 1
12.5 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 252
Side effects too severe 189
Doctor's advice 149
Other 109
Personal research 38
Expense 27
Course of treatment ended 25
Change in health plan coverage 18
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Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 47

Stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 102
1 - 6 months 129
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 74
2 - 5 years 102
5 - 10 years 46
10 years or more 39
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 448
Usually 79
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 24
Somewhat hard to take 45
A little hard to take 68
Not at all hard to take 434
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 5
$50-99 9
$25-49 38
< $25 294
Not specified 225

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) 14
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 12

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Paroxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 22
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 16
Citalopram (Celexa) 15
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 14
Sertraline (Zoloft) 14

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51 patient evaluations for Paroxetine

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

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: 40 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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