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Aropax Antidepressant : Paxil

Brand Name: Paxil

AROPAX belongs to a group of medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. They are thought to work by their action on brain chemicals called amines which are involved in controlling mood. Depression is longer lasting or more severe than the 'low moods' that everyone has from time to time. It is thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in parts of the brain. This imbalance affects your whole body and can cause emotional and physical symptoms. You may feel low in spirit, lose interest in usual activities, be unable to enjoy life, have poor appetite or over eat, have disturbed sleep, often waking up early, low energy and feel guilty over nothing. AROPAX corrects the chemical imbalance and so helps relieve the symptoms of depression.

Uses of Aropax

  • Aropax™ is a medicine that is used to help people with depression and anxiety disorders
  • AROPAX may also be used to treat irrational fears or obsessional behaviour, these can also be due to chemical imbalance in parts of the brain
  • AROPAX may also be used to help prevent panic attacks
  • AROPAX may also be used to treat patients who may avoid and/or are fearful of social situations
  • AROPAX may also be used to treat patients who have excessive anxiety and worry, and who feel irritable, restless, and/or tense in the muscles
  • AROPAX may also be used to treat repetitive and distressing recollections of a past traumatic event.

How to Take Aropax

Take this medicine as directed. It can be taken with or without food. It may up to 4 weeks to reach full effect, but you may see symptoms of depression improving in one to two weeks. Do not stop taking this medicine abruptly without consulting with your doctor.

What are the Side Effects of Aropax Medication

Like other medicines, AROPAX can cause some side effects. If they occur, they are most likely to be mild, and may lessen after a few days. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.

  • a feeling of restlessness or agitation which may be accompanied by the inability to sit or stand still
  • abnormal liver function (sometimes jaundice)
  • low levels of sodium in the blood, especially in older people
  • high pressure inside the eye (acute glaucoma), blurred vision
  • breast milk production when not breastfeeding
  • bleeding in the stomach
  • reduced number of platelets in the blood
  • bleeding disorders and changes in blood pressure which could make you feel faint and weak
  • mood of excitement, over-activity and uninhibited behaviour (mania)
  • hallucinations
  • confusion, anxiety and agitation
  • seizures
  • rash caused by light or a sensitivity to light
  • itchy rash, hives, swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat
  • increased levels of a hormone (ADH) that causes fluid or water retention.
  • sensitivity of the skin to sunlight

Warnings and precautions before taking Aropax Medication

  • Talk to your doctor if you are taking certain antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin or azithromycin. This medicine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors.
  • Talk with your physician or pharmacist if you are taking other medications.
  • Paroxetine is not recommended to treat depression in children or teenagers. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
  • Starting doses and maximum doses are lower for patients over the age of 60.
  • Plan to avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight and to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Paroxetine may make your skin sensitive to sunlight.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking paroxetine.
  • Although classed as an antidepressant, some patients report increases to anxiety and emotional pressures while using this medication. A nmumber of patients report dependency problems and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

What drugs may interact with Aropax Tablet

Certain medications taken with this product could result in serious, even fatal, drug interactions. Avoid taking MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, tranylcypromine) within 2 weeks, and avoid taking thioridazine within 5 weeks, before or after treatment with this medication. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for additional information. This drug is not recommended for use with: weight loss drugs (e.g., sibutramine, phentermine), thioridazine, terfenadine, astemizole. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

What to do if you take Overdose of Aropax ?

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • irregular heartbeat
  • fainting
  • severe dizziness or lightheadedness.

How to Store Aropax ?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.


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