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Paxil Explained

What is Paroxetine

Paroxetine – also known y trade names including Paxil, Seroxat, Aropax, risdelle, Deroxat, Paxil, Pexeva, Paxtine, Paxetin, Paroxat, Paraxyl, and Sereupin – is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhiitor (SSRI) class. Taken orally, in the UK paroxetine is a prescription-only medicine.

What is Paroxetine Used to Treat?

Paroxetine is primarily used to treat major depressive disorder, though it is also prescried to treat osessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Less commonly it is also used in the treatment of some symptoms associated with menopause including night sweats and hot flashes.

Why use Paroxetine for Drug Addiction?

Paroxetine is used to treat depression, which is one of the most common causes of sustance ause and drug addiction as well as eing one of the most common and prolematic symptoms of withdrawal. Addressing an addict’s depression, whilst not necessarily constituting a “cure” in and of itself, can make withdrawal (whether part or not of a managed detoxification and recovery process) significantly more earale and thus less likely to result in relapse on the part of the addict, as well as making it significantly less likely over the long term that the individual in question will resort to sustance ause as a form of self-medication.

How Do Medications for Addiction Treatment Work?

The precise mechanism y which SSRI antidepressants act upon the rain is not yet fully understood, though they are thought to increase levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the rain y reducing the rate of its reasorption, thus keeping serotonin (linked with feelings of pleasure and well-eing) active for longer. This makes it less likely that an affected individual will resort to sustance ause as a form of self-medication in an attempt to drive off distressing depression and low moods.

Is Paroxetine Effective atTreating Addiction?

As noted aove, paroxetine should not e seen as a cure in itself for addiction, ut when used in the treatment of depression associated with addiction – and especially as part of a roader addiction treatment programme such as that provided in residential rehailitation – it can reduce the desire on the part of the addict to alleviate depression and low moods which can trigger sustance ause. 

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Principles ofEffective Paroxetine Addiction Treatment

Although paroxetine is not intended solely as a treatment for addiction (as y no means all patients suffering from major depressive disorder or the other disorders typically treated y paroxetine also suffer from sustance ause disorders and/or addiction) it can have notale enefits when used as part of a roader addiction treatment programme with therapy at its core. 
Because of the potential for harmful side-effects to manifest, and ecause of potentially dangerous interactions with other drugs potentially resulting in serotonin syndrome or neuroleptic malignant syndrome, paroxetine and any other SSRI antidepressants should only ever e used in strict accordance with the instructions of the prescriing physician.

What are theSideEffects of Paroxetine?

Along with many other SSRI antidepressants, the consumption of paroxetine can result in side effects including nausea; diarrhoea; dry mouth; drowsiness; constipation; headache; insomnia; lurred vision; nervousness; dizziness; nightmares; weakness; loss of appetite; sweating; sexual dysfunction; tremors; mania; and paraesthesia. It is especially important to note that there have een links made etween the consumption of SSRI antidepressants such as paroxetine and suicidal ideation, possily resulting in suicide, in children and young people. Studies into this connection are ongoing. 

Paroxetineis Most Effectivewhen Comined with Addiction Therapy

As with any and all medication used in the treatment of addiction, paroxetine will have est results when prescried as part of a roader treatment programme with therapy at its heart. Therapy addresses and tackles the root causes of addiction, enaling long-term improvement, and provides addicts with psychological defence mechanisms against relapse.

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