Paxil is a type of antidepressant that is in a group of prescription medications that are known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This drug is used to help to treat a number of different kinds of condition, ranging from depression to anxiety disorders, as well as obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Though this drug has been deemed safe for use as a treatment for those conditions, as a prescription drug, this means that it does have certain side effects associated with it. While some people may not have any side effects at all, others could experience several at a severity ranging from mild to quite strong.
It is important to take this medication properly in order to be able to avoid experiencing unnecessary side effects and to prevent experiencing withdrawal symptoms, which can occur among users after having been on the drug for a length of time, particularly in higher doses. Patients taking Paxil will need to keep regular appointments with their doctors in order to monitor the success of its use.
Because of the risk of withdrawal symptoms, it is very important that Paxil be taken about the same time every day. It can be taken with or without food and may be taken in the morning or evening. If sleep struggles occur, it is typically recommended that it be taken in the morning.
Though it can start to have an impact on symptoms of depression or anxiety in as little as one or two weeks, it can take up to six weeks to become fully effective. This is another reason that steady use is important while taking this medication.
Paxil has assisted millions of people with various mental and emotional disorders, but it has also been associated with certain struggles, as well. For example, it is generally not prescribed for individuals who are under the age of 18 years old, as it has been associated with an increased risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts in that age group. Moreover, many people find it very difficult to wean themselves off of Paxil when they are no longer meant to use it, with very powerful and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms which can sometimes even be painful.
There have been several studies that are starting to suggest that Paxil and other antidepressants may not have a true benefit to individuals with mild or even mild-to-moderate depression and that any advantage is merely a placebo effect. This should be discussed with the prescribing doctor before the prescription is filled.