PAROXETINE oral tablet is a prescription drug. It’s available in immediate-release and extended-release forms. These forms are available as the brand-name drugs Paxil CR, and Pexeva. All brands do not treat all conditions.
Paroxetine oral tablet is also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than brand-name versions. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or forms as brand-name drugs.Paroxetine also comes as an oral capsule and an oral solution.
Paroxetine oral tablet can cause drowsiness and may affect your ability to make decisions, think clearly, or react quickly. You shouldn’t drive, use heavy machinery, or do other activities for which you need to be alert until you know how this drug affects you.
The dose of paroxetine that you’re prescribed depends on why you are taking it. Most people will start with 10mg or 20mg. This might be gradually increased until you and your doctor agree that you have found a dose that suits you.
The maximum recommended dose of paroxetine is 50mg or 60mg, depending on why you are taking it. If you are 65 or older the maximum recommended dose is 40mg a day. If you have problems with your liver or kidneys, you may be asked to take a lower dose than usual.
Paxil is also approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help women manage the hot flashes associated with menopause.
Additionally, doctors may prescribe Paxil off-label to treat conditions other than those for which it has been approved by the FDA.
For example, some doctors prescribe Paxil to treat chronic headaches, and people with diabetes may use the drug to help alleviate tingling in the hands and feet.
Paxil has also been used to treat men who experience premature ejaculation.
A controlled-release form, Paxil CR, can relieve the physical and psychological symptoms some women experience before their menstrual cycle begins each month.