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 660 282
social anxiety disorder 198 88
Anxious mood 194 75
post-traumatic stress disorder 144 79
mild depression 78 22
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 129
None 202

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paroxetine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 31
Sexual dysfunction 25
Sex drive (libido) decreased 23
Headaches 16
Dizziness 15
Nausea 15

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paroxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 56
40 mg daily 39
10 mg daily 29
30 mg daily 23
60 mg daily 11
25 mg daily 5
50 mg daily 5
7.5 mg daily 3
37.5 mg 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 227
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 497 patients who've stopped taking Paroxetine

Duration

Currently taking Paroxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 53
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 61

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 92
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 34
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 410
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 384
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 4
$50-99 8
$25-49 37
< $25 262
Not specified 205

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Paroxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 22
Sertraline (Zoloft) 21
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 15
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) 16
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

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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