The active ingredient in Paxil is paroxetine hydrochloride and is effective for treating disorders of social anxiety through various typical dosages of paroxetine 10 mg, paroxetine 20 mg, and paroxetine 40 mg. These varying dosages will be dependent upon the precise medical condition for which the medication is prescribed and the severity of the resulting symptoms within the individual patient. Medical physicians find this drug appealing partially due to its easy and timely regulatory effects within the body through effectively altering the dosage quantities.
Paxil for Depressive Disorders
Prescribing physicians will recommend the ingestion of Paxil early in the morning, with or without food, with an initial dosage of paroxetine 20 mg. The benefits may not appear immediately in the patient, but as the treatment program progresses, the doctor might increase the dosage in increments of paroxetine 10 mg. Daily dosages might increase to levels of paroxetine 40 mg and sometimes higher. As the treatment becomes less necessary as the patient begins to become more emotionally stabilized, the drug intake is gradually and incrementally decreased at the same rates.
Paxil for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
Paxil ingestion for this medical condition may be altered in much the same way as for chronic depression. The initial dose might again begin with paroxetine 20 mg increasing incrementally in dosages of paroxetine 10 mg. The prescribing medical healthcare provider will typically increase the dosage no more than once per week. The daily recommended dose is most often stabilized at paroxetine 40 mg with maximum dosages increasing to as high as paroxetine 60 mg in more extreme cases.
Paxil for Panic Attacks and Anxiety Disorders
The recommended dose for this disorder is most often paroxetine 10 mg. This is the standard level of dosage that is initially prescribed. The maximum dosage should not exceed paroxetine 60 mg, but can also be increased incrementally in paroxetine 10 mg dosages no more than once per week. Prescribing physicians are more apt to keep the dosage at the lowest level possible for the treatment of panic disorders, so increases in dosages are less common and occur at a slower rate.
Paxil for Posttraumatic Stress Disorders
In most cases, Paxil is first prescribed in dosages of paroxetine 20 mg with the full intention of stabilizing the dosage at the standard rate of paroxetine 40 mg. Again, dosages are increased over 1 week increments and levels of paroxetine 10 mg. For cases of posttraumatic stress, dosages rarely exceed paroxetine 50 mg.