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 666 283
Social anxiety disorder 198 86
Anxious mood 194 75
Post-traumatic stress disorder 150 81
Mild depression 77 21
Major depressive disorder 61 42

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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 72
Moderate 115
Mild 128
None 204

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paroxetine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 30
Sexual dysfunction 25
Decreased sex drive (libido) 23
Headaches 16
Nausea 15
Dizziness 14

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paroxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 45
40 mg daily 35
10 mg daily 26
30 mg daily 21
60 mg daily 10
25 mg daily 6
50 mg daily 4
12.5 mg daily 2
80 mg daily 2
2 tablet(s) daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Paroxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 230
Side effects too severe 175
Doctor's advice 136
Other 105
Personal research 35
Course of treatment ended 23
Expense 23
Change in health plan coverage 16
See all 503 patients who've stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 56

Stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 84
1 - 6 months 122
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 92
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 35
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 411
Usually 68
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 22
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 24
Somewhat hard to take 43
A little hard to take 61
Not at all hard to take 391
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 4
$50-99 8
$25-49 37
< $25 263
Not specified 207

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Paroxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 23
Sertraline (Zoloft) 20
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 15
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 11
Citalopram (Celexa) 10

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Paroxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 17
Sertraline (Zoloft) 16
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 13
Citalopram (Celexa) 11
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 10

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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50 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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