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 589 233
Anxious mood 194 72
Social Anxiety Disorder 169 73
Post-traumatic stress disorder 102 52
Mild Depression 76 19
Major Depressive Disorder 50 30

Show all 116 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 64
Moderate 98
Mild 106
None 170

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paroxetine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 29
Sexual dysfunction 22
Sex drive (libido) decreased 19
Headaches 15
Dizziness 13
Insomnia 12

Show all 161 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paroxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 39
40 mg daily 30
30 mg daily 16
10 mg daily 12
60 mg daily 6
10 mg/5 mL daily 2
12.5 mg daily 2
25 mg daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2
12.5 mg m,w,f 1

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Why patients stopped taking Paroxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 199
Side effects too severe 164
Doctor's advice 119
Other 95
Personal research 33
Expense 22
Course of treatment ended 21
Change in health plan coverage 13
See all 451 patients who’ve stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 41

Stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 75
1 - 6 months 117
6 months - 1 year 55
1 - 2 years 64
2 - 5 years 82
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 28
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 342
Usually 60
Sometimes 14
Never taken as prescribed 22
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 23
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 56
Not at all hard to take 319
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 8
$25-49 33
< $25 223
Not specified 171

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Paroxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 17
Sertraline (Zoloft) 14
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 11
Citalopram (Celexa) 8
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 8

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Paroxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 13
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 11
Sertraline (Zoloft) 9
Citalopram (Celexa) 8
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 5

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching to

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48 patient evaluations for Paroxetine

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BipolarQueen
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BipolarQueen
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 4
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
30 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: b
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
oltinman
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oltinman
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vb
I have:
ALS

See oltinman's full Paroxetine history

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: 20 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
CupcakeKitten
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CupcakeKitten
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
25 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Borderline Personality

See CupcakeKitten's full Paroxetine history

Feb 23, 2015 (Started Sep 10, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 27, 2014 (Started Sep 10, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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