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 705 309
Social anxiety disorder 214 98
Anxious mood 197 82
Post-traumatic stress disorder 175 99
Mild depression 78 25
Generalized anxiety disorder 73 56

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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 81
Moderate 123
Mild 149
None 227

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paroxetine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 36
Decreased sex drive (libido) 31
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 19
40 mg daily 11
30 mg daily 9
10 mg daily 6
60 mg daily 2
2 tablet(s) daily 1
12.5 mg daily 1
25 mg daily 1
37.5 mg daily 1
40 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Paroxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 248
Side effects too severe 188
Doctor's advice 152
Other 107
Personal research 37
Course of treatment ended 26
Expense 26
Change in health plan coverage 17
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Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 26

Stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 103
1 - 6 months 130
6 months - 1 year 65
1 - 2 years 75
2 - 5 years 103
5 - 10 years 49
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 454
Usually 80
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 45
A little hard to take 70
Not at all hard to take 439
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 5
$50-99 10
$25-49 38
< $25 296
Not specified 231

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Paroxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 33
Sertraline (Zoloft) 28
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 16
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 16
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) 17
Citalopram (Celexa) 16
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 16
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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