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 680 290
Social anxiety disorder 200 88
Anxious mood 195 76
Post-traumatic stress disorder 158 83
Mild depression 77 22
Major depressive disorder 63 44

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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 75
Moderate 118
Mild 129
None 209

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paroxetine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 30
Sexual dysfunction 25
Sex drive (libido) decreased 23
Nausea 19
Headaches 16
Agitation 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paroxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 45
40 mg daily 40
10 mg daily 27
30 mg daily 18
60 mg daily 8
25 mg daily 6
50 mg daily 3
45 mg daily 2
2 tablet(s) daily 1
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 235
Side effects too severe 179
Doctor's advice 140
Other 104
Personal research 36
Course of treatment ended 23
Expense 23
Change in health plan coverage 16
See all 513 patients who've stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 42
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 56

Stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 89
1 - 6 months 122
6 months - 1 year 68
1 - 2 years 71
2 - 5 years 93
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 36
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 420
Usually 71
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 63
Not at all hard to take 401
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 5
$50-99 8
$25-49 37
< $25 267
Not specified 214

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Paroxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 26
Sertraline (Zoloft) 21
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 16
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 11
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 11

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Paroxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 18
Sertraline (Zoloft) 14
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 13
Citalopram (Celexa) 13
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 13

Show all 29 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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