Paxil CR is also known as Paxil Controlled release and is another form of Paxil tablets. It is orally administered and contains hydrochloride salt. The medicine belongs to the SSRI group of drugs and has the similar tolerability as other medicines of the group.
It is used to treat anxiety disorder, panic disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety. It is also used to treat hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause. It can also be used for other conditions as decided by the doctor.
Paxil CR is the controlled release version of Paxil. However, like all medicines even this one has certain side effects. Many people may report no or minor side effects, however, it is necessary to report any such symptoms to your doctor. This will help prevent the side effects from getting severe or life threatening.
Apart from the ones listed above, there can be several serious side effects which can affect a patient. Make sure that there is no delay in getting the required medical help and attention for the below side effects.
It is important that you stay away from alcohol and certain medicines as it can cause drowsiness and blurred vision. Alcohol can make it even worse. Unless you feel better, do not drive or perform any unsafe task. Overdose of this medicine can have serious consequences. If you think you have taken an overdose of this medicine, consult the doctor immediately. If you stop taking the medicine, you may still have to wait for a few weeks before you can start using other medicines. Talk to the doctor to understand which medicines you can use. Many patients will have suicidal tendencies while using this medicine, especially the youngsters, children and young adults. Such people should be under observation and share the same with the doctor. Paxil CR can cause impotence if not treated for very long. This is in very rare case though, but any painful erection should be treated immediately. Patients with a history of medical diseases, such as allergies, heart attacks, seizures, substance abuse, liver problem, glaucoma and diabetes should inform their doctor about the same. This will help the doctor's advice the correction or change of medicine if required.
This medicine should not be used during pregnancy or while breast feeding. It is known to harm the fetus and cause severe complications. Also, it is found in breast milk of nursing mothers, hence should be avoided at all cost.