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 655 281
social anxiety disorder 196 87
Anxious mood 194 75
post-traumatic stress disorder 141 79
mild depression 78 21
major depressive disorder 60 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 113
Mild 127
None 201

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paroxetine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 31
Sexual dysfunction 24
Sex drive (libido) decreased 22
Headaches 16
Dizziness 15
Nausea 15

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paroxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 53
40 mg daily 33
10 mg daily 30
30 mg daily 25
60 mg daily 12
50 mg daily 5
25 mg daily 4
7.5 mg daily 3
20 mg three times 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 226
Side effects too severe 175
Doctor's advice 133
Other 103
Personal research 34
Course of treatment ended 23
Expense 22
Change in health plan coverage 15
See all 496 patients who've stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 63

Stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 83
1 - 6 months 122
6 months - 1 year 66
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 91
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 34
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 407
Usually 66
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 22
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 25
Somewhat hard to take 44
A little hard to take 63
Not at all hard to take 381
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 4
$50-99 8
$25-49 37
< $25 261
Not specified 203

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Paroxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 21
Sertraline (Zoloft) 20
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 13
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 11
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 10

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Paroxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 17
Sertraline (Zoloft) 15
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 13
Citalopram (Celexa) 11
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 9

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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50 patient evaluations for Paroxetine

sparkifox
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Overwhelming
31 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
C-PTSD

See sparkifox's full Paroxetine history

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
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Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Low
68 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
PTSD

See leejon66's full Paroxetine history

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
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BipolarQueen
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
31 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
schizoaffective disorder

See BipolarQueen's full Paroxetine history

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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