Paxil 10 mg


Paxil 10 mg(Yellow Oval Pill) is an antidepressant in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class. Doctors prescribe Paxil 10 mg to treat major depressive disorder. This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription for different uses. It is also used only to treat moderate to severe hot flashes caused by menopause.

It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location one that is up and away. Paxil dosage 10 mg also comes with the possibility of major and minor side effects that need to be checked timely. 

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The generic name of Paxil is paroxetine. It is a psychotropic drug and is generally prescribed for treating mental disorders belonging to the SSRIs class of antidepressant medicines Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Post-traumatic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. Paxil 10 mg are oval-shaped and Yellow colored pills.

Chemical formula: C19H20FNO3.HCL.1/2 H2O

Dose Recommendation of Paxil:

For major depressive disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder:

The initial dose should be started at 20 mg/ day with or without food in a single morning dose to increase the effectiveness the dose can be increased by 10mg per day after intervals of at least 1 week.

For panic disorder: starting at 10 mg dose per day to a maximum of 40 mg per day.

In the case of social anxiety disorder: an initial 20 mg per day is recommended and the effectiveness ranges from 20 to 60 mg per day.

For General Anxiety Disorder and Post-traumatic stress disorder: 20 to 50 mg per day.

In the case of patients with comorbidity and renal or hepatic impairment: only a 10 mg dose is recommended. The dose should not exceed 40 mg per day in any condition.

How Paxil 10 mg Works:

Paxil 10 mg(Paroxetine) is an SSRI drug which means it functions by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin by mostly blocking reabsorption. By blocking serotonin, the chemical(neurotransmitter serotonin) is accumulated in the brain resulting in more availability of the neurotransmitter serotonin that ultimately produces the desired effect of calmness and improves mood. That’s how it functions.

Use Of Yellow Oval Pill:

Paroxetine 10 mg medicine is used for the treatment of mental illness caused by abnormal fear. In the case of non-hormonal therapy, Paxil 10 mg is prescribed, for menopause hot flushes remedy.

It is utilized to treat depression and affect sleepiness during normal medical conditions and is beneficial in treating depressive mood, sleep disturbances, and anxiety factors. Moreover, it has established effectiveness in Obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment as well.

Side effects of Paxil dosage 10 mg:

Using a Paxil dosage of 10 mg pill for a longer period or more than the prescribed dose can make the patient experience tachycardia(unusual rate of heartbeat) and somnolence.

It may also result in sexual problems(low libido and ejaculatory disturbances). Serotonin syndrome is one of the severe side effects of Paroxetine. Besides these, other side effects are given below:

Common side effects:

  • Anxiousness
  • Constipation
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Decreased Sexual Desire
  • Delayed Ejaculation
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Impotence
  • Nausea
  • Shaking
  • Sleepiness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Infection
  • Yawning

Serious side effects:

  • Acting Aggression
  • Dangerous Impulses
  • Agitation,
  • Attempts Suicide,
  • Irritability,
  • Restlessness,
  • Sleeplessness and,
  • Suicidal Thoughts or Dying

Warnings before using Paxil 10 mg:

Using medicines and drugs without reading precautions and warnings can exacerbate health conditions or worsen depression itself. So some most important points are mentioned below that are to be remembered. Possible interactions are also mentioned as well:

  • Paxil(paroxetine) is not much tested for efficacy and hence has not been advised to be used in pediatric applications.
  • Although Paxil medicine is not an addictive drug or controlled drug it can develop suicidal tendencies in children and young adults(age 18-24 ).

Interactions of 10 mg Paxil:

This Yellow Oval Pill can interact with antipsychotic, antidepressant, anxiolytic medicines, and MAO(monoamine oxidase) inhibitors. Completely avoid antipsychotic medicines such as thioridazine and pimozide.

Some generally prescribed monoamine oxidase medicines/remedies are:

  • Linezolid
  • Isocarboxazid
  • Phenelzine
  • Rasagiline
  • Tranylcypromine
  • Methylene blue injection

When To Seek Medical Help?

You should visit a doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms or signs while taking Paxil(Paroxetine) 10 mg:

  • Hallucinations
  • Twitching
  • Agitation
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Unrhythmic heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Convulsion

Frequently Asked Question

Q.1. What are the off-label uses of Paxil 10 mg?

Apart from labeled usage, Paxil (paroxetine) 10 mg is prescribed to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, social anxiety in children, and postpartum depression.

Q.2. What are the Side Effects Of 10 mg of Paxil When Abruptly Stopped?

Paxil 10 mg may cause some withdrawal symptoms. These are flu-like symptoms, vertigo, nausea, anxiety, confusion, irritability, excessive dreaming, and insomnia.

Q.3. For How Long Does Paxil 10 Mg Stay In Body?

The half-life of Paxil 10 mg is approximately 21 hours but it generally takes 3-4 days to get eliminated from the human body completely.

Q.4. How To Stop Taking Paxil 10 Mg?

The course should be stopped as per prescription or if any unwarranted effects have been experienced. Always follow the doctor’s prescription when it comes to the start and end of your remedial course.

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