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Paxil is the brand name of paroxetine, an FDA-approved antidepressant prescription drug that is used in the treatment of a wide range of mental health conditions, most notably major depressive disorder. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression-related symptoms, including sadness, sleeping difficulties, appetite reduction, and mood swings. It is generally only prescribed to adults since it’s not yet known whether the medication is safe and effective for children and adolescents.
As well as depression, Paxil has also shown to be effective for patients with OCD, anxiety, and PTSD. As a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), the drug works on the patient’s serotonin levels, helping them to live a more balanced, positive life.
What is Paxil Prescribed For?
Paxil is an antidepressant that is prescribed for many mental health conditions. While it’s most commonly used to treat major depressive disorder, a Paxil prescription can also be written for social anxiety disorder, OCD, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, and others. It’s also sometimes used in the treatment of some menopause-related symptoms, such as flushes, night sweats, and hot flashes.
There’s a growing demand for Paxil online due to rising rates of mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety. Symptoms of depression include feeling sad and empty, having low thoughts, losing interest in activities once found enjoyable, and low energy.
Anxiety disorders such as GAD are categorized by a continually feeling of worry or anxiety (at least six months), irritability, fatigue, restlessness, and sleep difficulties.
How Does Paxil Work?
Paxil is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), a class of drugs that work to increase the brain’s serotonin levels. Studies have shown that there is a link between low serotonin levels and depression; Paxil works to increase these levels by blocking the serotonin uptake that usually occurs in nerve cells following a signal from the brain chemical. In doing so, it helps to generate extra serotonin, as it ensures that the chemical won’t be present if levels are too low. Over time, this results in higher levels of serotonin, which, among other things, boosts mood.
Paxil has also been shown to have noradrenergic effects by blocking norepinephrine reuptake, which allows people to respond better to stressful situations.
What Are The Side Effects of Paxil?
All medications can have side effects, especially those that affect the brain. Paxil is no different, though the majority of people experience no side effects or only mild side effects. Around 1 in 100 people that Paxil will experience the following side effects:
- Sleep issues
More severe side effects are rare but can happen. Around 1 in 1000 people that take Paxil may experience the following side effects:
- Severe weight changes
- Changes to their menstrual cycle
- Confusion, severe headaches
- Bleeding in the gut
- Blurred vision
Most people are able to take Paxil for a long time without experiencing long-term side effects, but some patients may be at risk of sexual health issues or contracting diabetes.
For more detailed information about Paroxetine (Paxil), you can refer to the following sources:
- Paxil prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Paroxetine, Drugs.com.
- Paroxetine, MedlinePlus
- Paroxetine, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC
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Frequently asked questions
Can you get Paxil over the counter?
Paxil is prescription only and thus not available over the counter. To buy Paxil, you’ll need to have an appointment with a certified healthcare professional. You can get a Paxil prescription online by attending a telemedicine appointment with one of the clinicians at DrHouse.
How do I get a prescription for Paxil?
You can get a prescription for Paxil from a certified doctor. During your appointment, they’ll ask you about your symptoms, how long you’ve had them, and questions about your medical history, medication use, and lifestyle. If they determine that Paxil is right for you, they will write a prescription.
Can you get a Paxil prescription online?
You can get a prescription for Paxil online by making an appointment with one of the clinicians at DrHouse, who are legally allowed to write online prescriptions that will be sent to you or to a pharmacy of your choice.
How do I get an online prescription for Paxil?
To get an online prescription for Paxil you will have to set up an account with us, download the DrHouse app and make an on-demand visit with one of our board-certified clinicians.
How to use Paxil?
You will take Paxil once a day, with or without food. Your dosage will be determined by a healthcare professional and will likely range between 10mg and 40 mg. Most patients start on a low dose that is slowly increased over a matter of weeks until the ideal dose is found.
What to avoid while using Paxil?
Paxil can interact with other drugs, so it’s important to discuss your current medication with your healthcare provider. Known interactions include Methylene blue, Zyvox, Mellaril, Orap, and MAOI Drugs (or if you’ve taken an MAOI in two weeks prior to taking Paxil).
What is DrHouse's prescription refill policy?
Our clinicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription for any previously prescribed medications, that are not classified as controlled substances. They use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year.