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Paxil dosage: The right amount for depression?

 

Paxil dosage for depression:

2 0 Paxil dosageThe Paxil dosage for patients with depression will be different for each individual. You should always follow your doctor's orders and take your Paxil dosage as prescribed or the directions on the label of your prescription bottle. If the dosage prescribed by your doctor is different from others, you should not change it before you talk to your doctor. The following information includes only the average Paxil dosages.

Paxil dosage-oral suspension form:

Adults

The Paxil dosage for adults will usually begin at 20 mg once a day, which is usually taken in the morning. The usual adult dosage is not usually more than 50 mg per day.

Children

The use and dose of Paxil for children will need to be determined by your physician.

Older adults

Usually older adults are started at 10 mg once a day, which is usually taken in the morning. Your doctor will increase your dosage as needed but will probably not exceed 40 mg per day.

 

Paxil dosage-oral tablet form:

Adults

The dosage for adults will usually begin at 20 mg once a day, which is usually taken in the morning. The usual adult dosage is not normally more than 50 mg per day.

Children

The use and dose of Paxil for children will need to be determined by your physician.

Older adults

Usually older adults are started at 10 mg once a day, which is usually taken in the morning. Your doctor will increase your dosage as needed but will probably not exceed 40 mg per day.

Paxil Dosage-oral extended-release tablet form:

Adults

Most adults will begin with 25 mg taken once a day, usually in the morning. While the dose may be increased by your doctor as needed, the dosage will usually not be more than 62.5 mg per day.

Children

The use and dosage of this antidepressant for children will always need to be determined by your doctor.

Older adults

Most older adults began at 12.5 mg taken once a day. This medicine is usually taken in the morning. Your doctor may increase your Paxil dosage if needed, but will not usually exceed more than 50 mg per day.

Storage of Paxil:

You should never keep outdated medicine or medicine that is no longer need. Always make sure that this and all medicines are out of the reach of children. You should always store medicine away from heat and direct light. Also, you should never store the tablet form of this antidepressant in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or any other damp area or places where heat or moisture may cause this medicine to break down. Always keep the oral suspension form of this medicine from freezing.

When you miss your Paxil dosage:

If you forget to take your usual Paxil dosage, you need to take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose however, you need to skip the missed dose and go back your regular scheduled amount and times. You should never double up on your Paxil dosage.

Medication picture by permission of Drugs.Com

Information adapted from Consumer Reports Consumer Drug References

Webpage and additional information By Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist  Ph.D. Candidate 

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