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Paroxetine - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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  • Apo-Paroxe    

Why do I need this medicine?

Paroxetine is used to treat depression, anxiety and other mood related disorders.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Paroxetine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label.Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Paroxetine may be taken with or without food. If you experience stomach discomfort, you may take Paroxetine after food.

If you are taking the extended release type of tablet (usually labeled as “XL”, “ER”), swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.

If you have been given an oral suspension, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure out your prescribed dose

You may need to take Paroxetine for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Continue to take this medicine even when you feel better and do not stop taking unless advised by your doctor to do so.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not take Paroxetine if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Paroxetine may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking this medicine.

Do not take Paroxetine if you are taking medicines known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as isocarboxacid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine or if it has been less than 14 days since you stopped taking MAOI. Do not take Paroxetine with pimozide or thioridazine.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have:

- glaucoma (high pressure in the eye)
- heart disease
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- diabetes
- fits (seizure or epilepsy)
- at risk of hyponatraemia
- suicidal thoughts

What lifestyle changes should I make to cope with depression?

Regular exercise and eating a healthy diet will help increase energy and hormones in the body such as happy hormones that minimize mood swings. Get enough sleep, as lack of sleep may cause irritability, moodiness, sadness, and tiredness.

What side effects could I experience?

Paroxetine may make you drowsy or dizzy. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: nausea, sweating, tremors, tiredness, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping, constipation, diarrhoea, weakness, dysmenorrhoea, loss of appetite and indigestion.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

- involuntary twitching of muscle
- high fever
- changes in mental status e.g. confusion
- increased suicidal thoughts

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Paroxetine if you are taking medicines known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as isocarboxacid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine or if it has been less than 14 days since you stopped taking MAOI. Do not take Paroxetine with pimozide or thioridazine.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- other medicines for depression
- medicines for treatment of fits e.g. carbamazepine
- blood thinning medicines e.g. aspirin, warfarin
- procyclidine (medicine for Parkinson's disease)
- medicine for breast cancer e.g.tamoxifen
- medicines for pain and inflammation e.g. NSAIDs

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Paroxetine.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.


This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Paroxetine - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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