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 638 266
Anxious mood 193 74
Social Anxiety Disorder 190 82
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 134 72
Mild Depression 78 21
Major Depressive Disorder 60 40

Show all 121 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 72
Moderate 109
Mild 122
None 192

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

Show all 168 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paroxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 52
40 mg daily 32
10 mg daily 27
30 mg daily 21
60 mg daily 14
50 mg daily 4
7.5 mg daily 3
25 mg daily 3
45 mg daily 2
20 mg three times daily 2

See all 24 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Paroxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 220
Side effects too severe 173
Doctor's advice 128
Other 102
Personal research 33
Expense 23
Course of treatment ended 21
Change in health plan coverage 14
See all 487 patients who’ve stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 62

Stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 81
1 - 6 months 120
6 months - 1 year 63
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 90
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 34
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 389
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 363
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 4
$50-99 8
$25-49 37
< $25 252
Not specified 194

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Paroxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 20
Sertraline (Zoloft) 19
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 13
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 10
Citalopram (Celexa) 10

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Paroxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 15
Sertraline (Zoloft) 13
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 11
Citalopram (Celexa) 10
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 9

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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49 patient evaluations for Paroxetine

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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: 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
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
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

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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
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