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 691 291
Social anxiety disorder 204 88
Anxious mood 195 76
Post-traumatic stress disorder 164 83
Mild depression 78 22
Major depressive disorder 68 46

Show all 113 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
75
Moderate
118
Mild
132
None
211

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paroxetine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 30
Sexual dysfunction 25
Decreased sex drive (libido) 21
Nausea 21
Headaches 16
Agitation 12

Show all 177 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paroxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 51
40 mg daily 45
10 mg daily 25
30 mg daily 15
60 mg daily 10
25 mg daily 6
12.5 mg daily 3
50 mg daily 3
45 mg daily 2
5 mg daily 1

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Paroxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 240
Side effects too severe 182
Doctor's advice 142
Other 105
Personal research 36
Course of treatment ended 24
Expense 24
Change in health plan coverage 17
See all 526 patients who've stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 58

Stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 99
1 - 6 months 120
6 months - 1 year 65
1 - 2 years 73
2 - 5 years 96
5 - 10 years 46
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 421
Usually 74
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 23
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 23
Somewhat hard to take 42
A little hard to take 63
Not at all hard to take 408
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 5
$50-99 8
$25-49 37
< $25 272
Not specified 214

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Paroxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 28
Sertraline (Zoloft) 22
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 16
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 12
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 12

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Paroxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 20
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 16
Citalopram (Celexa) 14
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 13
Sertraline (Zoloft) 13

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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51 patient evaluations for Paroxetine

Apr 12, 2017 (Started Dec 12, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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
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