IN THIS ARTICLE
- What is paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
- What are the possible side effects of paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
- What is the most important information I should know about paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
- How should I take paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
- What happens if I overdose (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
- What should I avoid while taking paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
- What other drugs will affect paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of paroxetine can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, vomiting, tremor, confusion, decreased urination, blurred vision, rapid heartbeat, aggression, seizures, and coma.
What should I avoid while taking paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
Drinking alcohol can increase some of the side effects of paroxetine.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
What other drugs will affect paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)?
Cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by paroxetine. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these medicines, or any other antidepressant.
Ask your doctor before taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others. Taking an NSAID with paroxetine may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.
Many drugs can interact with paroxetine. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- fentanyl (Abstral, Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora, Onsolis);
- fosamprenavir (Lexiva);
- linezolid (Zyvox);
- ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra);
- St. John's wort;
- tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Soltamox);
- theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Theochron, Uniphyl);
- tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet);
- tryptophan (also called L-tryptophan);
- heart medication such as digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin), quinidine (Quin-G), procainamide (Pronestyl), disopyramide (Norpace), flecaininde (Tambocor), mexiletine (Mexitil), propafenone, (Rythmol), and others;
- any other antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), citalopram (Celexa), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), sertraline (Zoloft), and others;
- medicine to treat psychiatric disorders, such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Permitil, Prolixin), haloperidol (Haldol), lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith), perphenazine (Trilafon), or risperidone (Risperdal); or
- almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), sumatriptan (Imitrex, Treximet), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), or zolmitriptan (Zomig).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with paroxetine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about paroxetine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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