Paxil is primarily used to control the symptoms that often accompany depression in adults and teenagers. It also may be used to treat obsessive compulsive thoughts and behavior, panic attacks, social anxiety, general anxiety, premenstrual dysphoric issues, and posttraumatic stress. Paxil will not cure any of these mental health conditions, but it may help to control the emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that may accompany them.
- What is the safest way to take this medication?
Paxil comes in tablet, liquid, or extended-release capsule form and is usually taken once per day, with food or without food. However, taking this medication with food may help prevent an upset stomach. Swallow extended-release capsules and regular tablets whole; do not crush, bite, or chew them. Try to take this medication at the same time each day for best results. Several weeks may pass before you feel the full effect of this medication. It is important that you keep taking this medication as prescribed by your doctor, even after you begin to feel better.
- What should I do if I miss a dose of medication?
Take the medication you missed as soon as possible. But if it will soon be time for your next dose, then do not take the medication you missed; simply stick to your regular dosing program. Taking two doses of this medication in a short time frame may put you at risk for an overdose.
- What should I do if I overdose on this medication?
Get urgent assistance from a poison help line or call your doctor right away if you suspect that you have overdosed on Paxil. An overdose of this drug may be deadly. Symptoms of overdose include shakiness, confusion, dizziness, seizures, irregular heartbeat, pneumonia, breathing difficulties, kidney failure, fainting, and coma.
- Is there anything I can do to get more out of my treatment with Paxil?
Many mental health conditions for which SSRIs are prescribed also show positive results when treated with psychotherapy. For this reason, it may improve the quality of life more for a person in treatment if they pair their medication with a counseling or pyschotherapy. Connecting with a therapist or counselor may help a person better understand what he or she is experiencing, learn positive ways to cope, and develop a healthy self-care routine that could facilitate a better, longer-lasting mental health outcome.
- How should I store this medication?
Keep this drug tightly sealed in the container it came in and store the container at room temperature, in a location that is not exposed to excess heat or moisture. Ensure that this medication is kept in a place that is not accessible to young children.