Paxil (Paroxetine Hydrochloride)
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Paxil is the brand name of Paraxetine hydrochloride which is a psychotropic drug that is given orally. The main ingredient Paraxetine hydrochloride is an off-white powder that has no odor. This drug is used in the treatment of major depressive disorder, obsessions and compulsions, panic disorder with agoraphobia or without it, social anxiety disorder which is also called as social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Paxil is sold as tablets and oral suspension. Tablets are sold in 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg and 40 mg. The color of the 10 mg tablet in yellow, the 20 mg tablet is pink, 30 mg tablet is blue and the 40 mg tablet is green. Paroxetine hydrochloride is the active ingredient in Paxil. The inactive ingredients are polysorbate 80, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, dibasic calcium phosphate dehydrate, sodium starch glycolate, polyethylene glycose, and hypromellose.
In the oral suspension each 5 mL contains paroxetine hydrochloride that is equal to the content in the 10 mg tablet. The color of the suspension is orange and the flavor of this suspension is also orange. Some of the inactive ingredients of this oral suspension are sodium citrate dehydrate, sodium saccharin, propylene glycol, polacrilin potassium, sorbitol, citric acid anhydrous, microcrystalline cellulose, and methylparaben.
Paxil if taken for any treatment can be taken with food or without food. It is usually given as a single dose daily. The maximum dosage for the treatment of major depressive disorder is 50 mg per day. Initially it is started with 20 mg and increased to 50 mg in increments of 10 mg. the increments should be given after every week of a particular dosage. In treating obsessive compulsive disorder the maximum dosage is 60 mg / day. The recommended dosage of 40 mg / day can be given by initially starting with 20 mg / day and incrementing with 10 mg / day for every one week. The treatment for panic disorder is the same as that of obsessive compulsive disorder. For treating social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder the dosage of 20 mg / day is the recommended one.
While treating depressions with Paxil the depression might also get worsened with suicidal ideation too. Symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, hostility, hypomania, impulsivity, and mania might be seen
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