PAROXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE ANHYDROUS- paroxetine hydrochloride anhydrous tablet, film coated 



Paroxetine Tablets, USP

(pa rox’ e teen)

Read the Medication Guide that comes with paroxetine before you start taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider if there is something you do not understand or want to learn more about.  

What is the most important information I should know about paroxetine?  

Paroxetine and other antidepressant medicines may cause serious side effects, including:

1. Suicidal thoughts or actions:

Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider and call between visits if you are worried about symptoms.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms, or call 911 if an emergency, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms, or call 911 if an emergency. Paroxetine may be associated with these serious side effects:

2. Serotonin Syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome-like reactions. This condition can be life-threatening and may include:

3. Visual problems

Only some people are at risk for these problems. You may want to undergo an eye examination to see if you are at risk and receive preventative treatment if you are.

4. Severe allergic reactions: 

5. Abnormal bleeding: Paroxetine and other antidepressant medicines may increase your risk of bleeding or bruising, especially if you take the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs, like ibuprofen or naproxen), or aspirin.

6. Seizures or convulsions

7. Manic episodes:

8. Changes in appetite or weight.  Children and adolescents should have height and weight monitored during treatment.

9. Low salt (sodium) levels in the blood. Elderly people may be at greater risk for this. Symptoms may include:

Do not stop paroxetine without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping paroxetine too quickly may cause serious symptoms including:

What is paroxetine?

Paroxetine is a prescription medicine used to treat depression. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks of treating depression and also the risks of not treating it. You should discuss all treatment choices with your healthcare provider. Paroxetine is also used to treat:

Talk to your healthcare provider if you do not think that your condition is getting better with treatment using paroxetine.  

Who should not take paroxetine?  

Do not take paroxetine if you:

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking paroxetine? Ask if you are not sure.  

Before starting paroxetine, tell your healthcare provider if you:

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Paroxetine and some medicines may interact with each other, may not work as well, or may cause serious side effects.

Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can tell you if it is safe to take paroxetine with your other medicines. Do not start or stop any medicine while taking paroxetine without talking to your healthcare provider first.

If you take paroxetine, you should not take any other medicines that contain paroxetine hydrochloride, including PAXIL CR and PEXEVA® (paroxetine mesylate).

How should I take paroxetine?

What should I avoid while taking paroxetine?  

Paroxetine can cause sleepiness or may affect your ability to make decisions, think clearly, or react quickly. You should not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how paroxetine affects you. Do not drink alcohol while using paroxetine.

What are possible side effects of paroxetine?  

Paroxetine may cause serious side effects, including all of those described in the section entitled “What is the most important information I should know about paroxetine?”   

Common possible side effects in people who take paroxetine include:

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of paroxetine. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.  


How should I store paroxetine?

Keep paroxetine and all medicines out of the reach of children.  

General information about paroxetine 

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use paroxetine for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give paroxetine to other people, even if they have the same condition. It may harm them.   

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about paroxetine. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You may ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about paroxetine that is written for healthcare professionals.  

For more information about paroxetine call Apotex Drug Information at 1-­800-706-5575.  

What are the ingredients in paroxetine tablets?  

Active ingredient: paroxetine hydrochloride  

Inactive ingredients: anhydrous lactose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, sodium starch glycolate and titanium dioxide. 

PAXIL and PAXIL CR are registered trademarks of GlaxoSmithKline. The other brands listed are trademarks of their respective owners. This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  

Manufactured by                  Manufactured for

Apotex Inc.                            Apotex Corp.

Toronto, Ontario                     Weston, FL 

Canada M9L 1T9                    33326                           

Revised: August 2014       

Revised: 11/2015