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Medications

AROPAX

Aropax (paroxetine) belongs to the group of antidepressants known as SSRIs (Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors) and as the name suggests, works by moderating the amount of seratonin present in the brain. It is also often prescribed for panic disorder and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). Aropax is available in Australia, and is available in America as Paxil.

Side-effects
The side-effects of Aropax include dry mouth, drowsiness, sweating, blurred vision, constipation, and difficulty passing urine, although most of these should diminish over time.
A lowered sex drive is also a common side effect of this, as with most antidepressants. If you experience any unusual symptoms or are concerned about side effects in anyway, it is important that you discuss this with your doctor or consult a pharmacist for advice. Usually these will not be anything to worry about, but best to be sure.

Dosage
The usual adult dose of Aropax is 20mg per day.
This is a guide only - check with your doctor.

Warnings
Aropax can interact with the MAOIs and so you should not start taking Aropax until two weeks after you have been taking any of the MAOIs. It is important that you let your doctor know about any other medication you are taking, or condition you may have, so that they can consider this when prescribing antidepressants for you.

Depression drug linked to birth defects. An article on Aropax from The Age.

Research
Trial of the effectiveness of paroxetine (Aropax) for managing social anxiety disorder.

General overview of paroxetine (Aropax) for depression. Not very easy reading!

Paroxetine and norepinephrine. Same source - not very easy reading.


The factual information on this page was compiled from:
BLTC Research (http://www.bltc.com/), The P-I-E-N-O Parkinson's List Drug Database (http://www.parkinsons-information-exchange-network-online.com),
MyDR (http://www.mydr.com.au) and Health-Center.Com (http://www.health-center.com).

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