Paroxetine belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) like Sertraline. SSRIs are antidepressants which work by allowing a type of chemicals, serotonin, to stay longer in the brain in order to boost mood. It is usually used to treat anxiety, depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and menopausal symptoms.
Paroxetine can be taken by mouth in conventional tablets.
The usual initial dose of Paroxetine is 5-20 mg daily (or 12.5 mg of the controlled-release). Your doctor may increase the dose based on your response, usually to a maximum of 60 mg per day (or 75 mg of controlled release).
Common dosing schedule:
Paroxetine can be taken with or without food.
Do not drink alcohol as it may worsen your mood or anxiety.
Some common medications Paroxetine may interact:
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
In Hong Kong, Paroxetine is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
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For detailed information about the use of Paroxetine in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.