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Brand name: Paroxetine (AN) TM

Active ingredients: paroxetine

What it is used for

For the treatment of:,? major depression and for the prevention of relapse of depressive symptoms;,? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and for the prevention of relapse of OCD;,? Panic Disorder and for the prevention of relapse of Panic Disorder;,? Social Anxiety Disorder/Social Phobia; and,? Generalised Anxiety Disorder;,? Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 4 Years.
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White to off-white film-coated modified capsule shaped, biconvex tablets debossed with '56' on one side & 'C' with a deep break line on the other side

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Food interactions

For the active ingredient paroxetine

  • Take without regard to meals. Avoid alcohol.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on March 1, 2019. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Over 65?

This medicine contains the active ingredients:

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient paroxetine

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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