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How do I take paroxetine?

Paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva) is a selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a type of antidepressant used to treat a wide range of mental health disorders that include major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, social anxiety disorder or social phobia.

Paroxetine is available as a 10 milligram (mg.), 20 mg., 30 mg. and 40 mg. tablet, or an orange-flavored suspension that contains 10 mg./5 milliliters (mL.). The extended release tablets are available as 12.5 mg., 25 mg. and 37.5 mg.

The dose on your prescription will depend on the condition you are treating and your personal tolerance to the medicine. Your doctor will likely start you out with a low dose, usually 20 mg. per day, and increase it by 10 mg. as needed, but not to exceed 60 mg. per day. It can be taken with or without food. Control-release tablets (CR) should never be chewed or crushed.

If you are given the paroxetine oral suspension make sure you shake the solution well before you measure the dose.

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