Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Paxil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Paxil may be mildly effective at managing neuropathic pain. Paxil is also known by its drug name, Paroxetine.
Paxil is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. Paxil is believed to work by changing the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.
How do I take it?
Paxil is taken once daily, usually in the morning.
Paxil comes in tablet and oral suspension forms.
The FDA-approved label for Paxil lists common side effects including nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia, anxiety, loss of appetite, blurred vision, and sweating.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Paxil can include serotonin syndrome, which may be life-threatening.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Paxil – RxList
Lupus and depression: Know the signs and how to get help – Lupus Foundation of America
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