Paxil (Paroxetine) is one of the commonly prescribed antidepressants, treating not only moderate and severe depression but also PTSD, social anxiety, panic and anxiety disorders, and even vasomotor symptoms (for women who are in their menopausal stages). Because it is regarded as a safer option than other antidepressants in the market, it is vital to know how more information about its interactions and how it works to ensure that you are getting the best from the drug, rather than developing more symptoms or complications.
First, it should be understood that women who are pregnant, are expecting to be pregnant, or have learned that they are pregnant should not stop taking Paxil until they have consulted their doctors. Paxil has dangerous side effects to the infant, but abruptly stopping your medication can cause withdrawal symptoms or depression relapse that can also be dangerous to the mother and child. It is therefore more advisable to check with your doctor to see which would better suit you: lowering the dosage or continuing the treatment.
Before taking Paxil, you should inform your doctor about allergies that you have: food, medication, and other factors that can cause your allergic reactions, as well as other medications that you are taking. Paxil has active and inactive ingredients that can interact with your food and other medications, causing it to be either ineffective or hazardous to your condition. It is advised not to take Paxil if you are allergic to it or if you are also taking medications pimozide or thioridazine. Paxil is not also recommended for people that are under treatment of methylene blue injection. Those who are taking MAO inhibitors should stop taking them and wait for at 2 weeks before taking Paxil: MAO inhibitors and Paxil has been known to cause severe drug interactions that can be dangerous to your health.
Paxil is not recommended for children under the age of 18 without the advice and consent of a professional doctor. This is because Paxil does not have the FDA approval for children’s use. Young people tend to have thoughts of suicide in the first weeks of taking Paxil, therefore doctors are required to have regular check-ups with their patients to ensure then mental safety and manage their symptoms. It is also best to have the guidance and support of your parents or guardians during these times.