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 646 272
Anxious mood 194 75
Social Anxiety Disorder 193 85
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 138 78
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 111
Mild 123
None 197

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paroxetine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 31
Sexual dysfunction 23
Sex drive (libido) decreased 21
Headaches 16
Nausea 15
Dizziness 14

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paroxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 54
40 mg daily 32
10 mg daily 27
30 mg daily 25
60 mg daily 13
50 mg daily 5
7.5 mg daily 3
25 mg daily 3
37.5 mg daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Paroxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 224
Side effects too severe 174
Doctor's advice 129
Other 104
Personal research 34
Course of treatment ended 22
Expense 22
Change in health plan coverage 14
See all 491 patients who’ve stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 40
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 63

Stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 82
1 - 6 months 121
6 months - 1 year 64
1 - 2 years 66
2 - 5 years 91
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 35
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 397
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 371
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 4
$50-99 8
$25-49 37
< $25 256
Not specified 198

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Paroxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 20
Sertraline (Zoloft) 20
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 13
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 10
Citalopram (Celexa) 10

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Paroxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 16
Sertraline (Zoloft) 14
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 12
Citalopram (Celexa) 10
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 9

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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50 patient evaluations for Paroxetine

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sparkifox
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sparkifox
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
31 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
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
leejon66
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leejon66
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
68 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
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
BipolarQueen
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BipolarQueen
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Moderate
31 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
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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