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Paroxetine (pa ROKS e teen)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Brisdelle; Paxil; Paxil CR; Pexeva

Brand Names: Canada

Apo-Paroxetine; Auro-Paroxetine; CO Paroxetine; Dom-Paroxetine; JAMP-Paroxetine; Mylan-Paroxetine; Novo-Paroxetine; Paxil; Paxil CR; PHL-Paroxetine; PMS-Paroxetine; Q-Paroxetine; ratio-Paroxetine; Riva-Paroxetine; Sandoz-Paroxetine; Teva-Paroxetine

Warning

  • Children and teens who take this drug may be at a greater risk of having thoughts or actions of suicide. Adults may also be at risk. The risk may be greater in people who have had these thoughts or actions in the past. Watch people who take this drug closely. Call the doctor right away if signs like low mood (depression), nervousness, restlessness, grouchiness, panic attacks, or changes in mood or actions are new or worse. Call the doctor right away if any thoughts or actions of suicide occur.
  • This drug is not approved for use in children. Talk with the doctor.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat low mood (depression).
  • It is used to treat obsessive-compulsive problems.
  • It is used to treat social anxiety problems.
  • It is used to treat panic attacks.
  • It is used to treat anxiety.
  • It is used to treat post-traumatic stress.
  • It is used to treat hot flashes.
  • It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

If your child has menstrual periods:

  • It is used to treat mood problems caused by monthly periods.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

All products:

  • If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child is taking any of these drugs: Linezolid, methylene blue, pimozide, or thioridazine.
  • If your child has taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for certain other health problems in the last 14 days. Taking this drug within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure. Talk with your child’s doctor.

Capsule:

If your child is pregnant:

  • Do not give this drug to your child if she is pregnant.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of their drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
  • Have your child avoid tasks or actions that call for alertness until you see how this drug affects your child. These are things like riding a bike, playing sports, or using items such as scissors, lawnmowers, electric scooters, toy cars, or motorized vehicles.
  • Do not stop giving this drug to your child all of a sudden without calling the doctor. Your child may have a greater risk of side effects. If your child needs to stop this drug, you will want to slowly stop it as told by the doctor.
  • Alcohol may interact with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child other drugs and natural products that may slow your child’s actions.
  • It may take several weeks to see the full effects.
  • This drug may raise the chance of a broken bone. Talk with the doctor.
  • This drug may raise the chance of bleeding. Sometimes, bleeding can be life-threatening. Talk with the doctor.
  • Some people may have a higher chance of eye problems with this drug. The doctor may want your child to have an eye exam to see if your child has a higher chance of these eye problems. Call the doctor right away if your child has eye pain, change in eyesight, or swelling or redness in or around the eye.
  • This drug may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.
  • This drug may affect sperm in males. This may affect being able to father a child later in life. Talk with the doctor.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • If your child is planning to harm him/herself. If the want to harm him/herself gets worse.
  • Signs of low sodium levels like headache, trouble focusing, memory problems, change in thinking clearly and with logic, weakness, seizures, or change in balance.
  • Signs of bleeding like throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds; coughing up blood; blood in the urine; black, red, or tarry stools; bleeding from the gums; vaginal bleeding that is not normal; bruises without a reason or that get bigger; or any bleeding that is very bad or that you cannot stop.
  • Change in the way your child acts.
  • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • Change in balance.
  • Agitation, twitching, sweating, or muscle stiffness.
  • Very nervous and excitable.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Bone pain.
  • Seizures.
  • A big weight loss.
  • Restlessness.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • A very bad and sometimes deadly health problem called serotonin syndrome may happen. The risk may be greater if your child takes this drug with certain other drugs. Call your child’s doctor right away if your child has dizziness, a very bad headache, agitation, hallucinations, fever, a fast heartbeat, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, flushing, seizures, shakiness, is sweating a lot, a change in balance, a change in thinking clearly and with logic, a very bad upset stomach and throwing up, or very bad loose stools.
  • Call your child’s doctor right away if your child gets a painful erection (hard penis) or gets an erection that lasts for longer than 4 hours. If this is not treated right away, it may lead to lasting sex problems and your child may not be able to have sex in the future.

If your child is or may be sexually active:

  • Change in sex ability.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:
  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Hard stools (constipation).
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Sweating a lot.
  • Not hungry.
  • Shakiness.
  • Yawning.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

All products:

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
  • Give as you have been told, even if your child feels well.
  • Give this drug with or without food.

Liquid (suspension):

  • Shake well before use.
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, get an oral syringe, a dropper, a spoon, or a cup (only for older children) from your pharmacist.

Tablet:

  • Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.

Capsule:

  • Give at bedtime.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Protect from light.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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