Paxil is used to treat depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and post-traumatic stress disorder. Paxil works by maintaining the correct level of the chemical, serotonin, in the brain.
Paxil comes in tablet form to be taken orally. The usual dosage is one tablet daily. Paxil does not have to be taken with food. For best results, Paxil should be taken at the same time every day. It may take up to two weeks for the patient to report an improvement in their condition. Do not stop using Paxil without your doctor’s permission even if there is a significant improvement. Patients who have been using Paxil for an extended period may need to take a lower dosage before stopping the drug completely. Discuss this with your doctor. Never increase or decrease the dosage prescribed by your doctor.
If a dose is missed, it can be taken as soon as you remember, as long as it does not clash with the next scheduled dose. In this case, rather skip the missed dose. Never take a double dose.
Paxil can cause drowsiness and dizziness which may intensify if alcohol is used in conjunction with Paxil. Be cautious when driving or performing potentially dangerous activities.