Paxil medication dosage

Paxil is an antidepressant. The substance present in Paxil is known as paroxetine hydrochloride. It is odorless and as a chemical it is an off-white powder. Paxil is available in the form of film-coated tablet and also oral suspension. The Paxil suspension for oral administration is orange in color and also in flavor. This liquid contains paroxetine hydrochloride, equivalent to 10 mg paroxetine. This liquid also contains certain inactive ingredients. The chemical structure of Paxil is not like that of other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Paxil is used for treating depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.

Paxil is not an approved drug for use in pediatric patients. Paxil can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts in children, adolescents and young adults. This can happen even when the medicine is started for the first time. People who are allergic to Paxil or any of its components should not use it. Therefore, before you start Paxil for medical reasons, you should provide information to your doctor on all your prescriptions, herbal medications and also over-the-counter medicines that you are using. You should give your medical history to your doctor completely. You should also inform your doctor about any ailment which you are suffering from. This helps your doctor largely to decide on the dosage of Paxil that can be administered in you. Your doctor will advise you on the dosage depending on your medical history and present health condition. There is a possibility that a different regimen also may be prescribed for you. You should not change the dosage or withdraw Paxil without the approval of your doctor.

Generally, for adults having depression, the starting dose is recommended as 20 milligrams daily. Your doses may be increased by 10 mg per day, depending on how you are responding to Paxil. However, the maximum reach for the dose will be 50 mg only. For adults having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the starting dose is 20 mg daily, and if increased by 10 mg per day due to medical needs, it may reach a maximum of 60 mg. For adults having Panic Disorder the initial start will be 10 mg per day, the maximum being 60 mg per day, depending on the medical needs. For adults with Social Anxiety Disorder the dosage is 20 mg daily, which may go up to a maximum limit being 60 per day with an increment of 10 mg per day, depending on how the patient responds to Paxil. Adults suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder are advised to take 20 mg daily in the initial stages and they are advised to take only 50 mg per day at the maximum, depending on how they respond to the treatment with this drug. If adults suffer from Post-traumatic Disorder, 20 mg per day of Paxil is advised for them to start with and the dosage may be increased depending on how they respond to Paxil, but keeping the maximum limit as 50 mg per day.

Paxil can be taken with or without food, once daily. It is usually taken in the morning. For pregnant women, Paxil should not be considered as a primary option. Therefore, trials should be made for treating them without taking the help of Paxil. Effects of Paxil on nursing women are unknown. The most important is that if you have missed a dose of Paxil, you should just skip it and take it only as per regular schedule. You should not consume double dose to compensate the missed one. This also implies that over-dose of Paxil is harmful. If your doctor has chosen administration of Paxil on you for extended periods, have the effectiveness of this drug re-evaluated at an appropriate time. Always remember, Paxil is a controlled substance.