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 698 305
Social anxiety disorder 207 95
Anxious mood 196 78
Post-traumatic stress disorder 166 89
Mild depression 78 22
Major depressive disorder 71 55

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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
Severe 79
Moderate 120
Mild 142
None 219

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paroxetine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 33
Decreased sex drive (libido) 27
Sexual dysfunction 25
Nausea 22
Headaches 16
Dizziness 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paroxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 43
40 mg daily 35
10 mg daily 25
30 mg daily 18
60 mg daily 9
25 mg daily 8
20 mg twice daily 3
5 mg daily 2
15 mg daily 2
12.5 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Paroxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 248
Side effects too severe 186
Doctor's advice 145
Other 107
Personal research 36
Expense 26
Course of treatment ended 25
Change in health plan coverage 18
See all 539 patients who've stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 62

Stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 100
1 - 6 months 125
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 73
2 - 5 years 101
5 - 10 years 47
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 439
Usually 79
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 24
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 24
Somewhat hard to take 44
A little hard to take 65
Not at all hard to take 427
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 5
$50-99 9
$25-49 37
< $25 288
Not specified 221

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Paroxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 30
Sertraline (Zoloft) 24
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 17
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 13
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 12

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Paroxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 22
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 15
Citalopram (Celexa) 15
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 13
Sertraline (Zoloft) 13

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching to

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51 patient evaluations for Paroxetine

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

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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