Treatment Guidelines for Paroxetine Controlled Release

Paroxetine Controlled Release Dosing for Social Anxiety Disorder
For people with social anxiety disorder, the recommended starting dose of paroxetine controlled release is 12.5 mg daily. Your healthcare provider may choose to increase the paroxetine controlled release dosage if symptoms continue, or decrease the dose if side effects occur. The maximum recommended daily dose for depression is paroxetine controlled release 37.5 mg.
Paroxetine Controlled Release Dosing for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
There are two different paroxetine controlled release dosing methods for PMDD treatment. Paroxetine controlled release can be taken every day during the entire menstrual cycle or only during the last two weeks of your cycle (before your period). Either way, the starting dose of paroxetine controlled release is 12.5 mg daily. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your dose up to paroxetine controlled release 25 mg daily.

General Information on Dosing With Paroxetine Controlled Release

Some considerations for people taking paroxetine controlled release include:
  • It usually takes several weeks (perhaps even more than a month) to feel the beneficial effects of paroxetine controlled release. Try not to be discouraged if Paroxetine controlled release does not work right away for you.
  • Paroxetine controlled release tablets should not be broken, crushed, or chewed (see Split Paxil CR). Make sure to swallow the tablets whole.
  • If paroxetine controlled release makes you drowsy, try taking it before bedtime. If it causes insomnia, try taking it in the morning. Most people take the medication in the morning.
  • The starting paroxetine controlled release dose for elderly people and people with liver problems, kidney problems, or panic disorder is lower (paroxetine controlled release 12.5 mg once daily). The maximum recommended dose for these people is also lower (paroxetine controlled release 50 mg daily).
  • You can take paroxetine controlled release with or without food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Paroxetine controlled release should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
  • Abruptly stopping medications like paroxetine controlled release can result in withdrawal symptoms (see Paxil CR Withdrawal for more information).
  • For paroxetine controlled release to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Paroxetine controlled release will not work if you take it in a way other than your healthcare provider has prescribed.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or paroxetine controlled release dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking paroxetine controlled release without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
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