Paxil is the brand name for the generic drug Paroxetine, which is manufactured by Glaxo Smith Klein (GSK) Drug Company. Paxil is the one of the most widely-prescribed drugs for the treatment of depression and other similar disorders.
Paroxetine comes in tablets, including those that are considered to be long-lasting, and liquid. Dosage strengths vary, and can be as low as .05 mg or as high as 60 mg.
This drug is considered a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor or SSRI; in fact, it is considered the most potent SSRI. This means that it acts on certain chemicals naturally produced in the brain and changes the way the signals these chemicals send out are processed by the brain neurons.
Why Is Paxil Prescribed?
Paroxetine can be used to treat a number of conditions. These include, but are not limited to: depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic or anxiety attacks, and even premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
This latter is a disorder suffered by many females. It differs from premenstrual disorder (PMS) in that the symptoms, physical and mental, actually interfere with one's life to the extent that there may be days that she is literally unable to function or cannot function at anywhere near the level she is otherwise able.
Another reason Paroxetine may be prescribed is to help reduce the craving for Methamphetamine (meth) while a person is undergoing drug rehab for this addiction. Meth cravings are extremely strong, and are often the reason why withdrawal and recovery from this drug is so difficult. According to addiction recovery specialists, an eight-week study revealed that Paroxetine was effective in achieving this.
Statistics Relating To Drug As mentioned earlier, Paroxetine is one of the most widely-prescribed drugs for the conditions mentioned above. Glaxo Smith Klein (GSK) reported $1/2 billion worth of sales per quarter, simply from this drug alone.
The drug may be known as a moneymaker for the drug company, but unfortunately it, along with other drugs, both prescription and illicit ("street"), are also known for their abuse, especially by adolescents. It has been discovered that adolescents who abuse drugs before the age of 18 may be more prone toward displaying antisocial behavior, which can include violence, physical and mental abuse of others, and other things, in adulthood.
When one considers that it has been reported that almost 50% of teenagers in America are into some type of drug abuse, including drinking or taking drugs, as well as smoking (it is easy to forget that nicotine and alcohol are both considered drugs, even though it is legal to purchase them - if one is of legal age), and that there is possibly a correlation between this and adult anti-social behavior, this is even more scary. Add to that the possibility that of this 50%, many will go on to become addicted before the age of 18, and the fear and concern increases (or it should).
How Is Paxil Abused?
Paroxetine is abused just as any other drug is by taking too much, taking it more often than it should be, or by taking it into the body in such a manner as to ensure the effects will be felt more quickly and strongly. It should be remembered, though, that obtaining Paxil for non-medical reasons, then selling or otherwise distributing it to persons who also have no medical need for it, is as much a form of abuse as actually taking the drug into the body is.
When used correctly, Paroxetine helps the brain interpret signals produced as a result of the production of certain chemicals in the brain. When the signals are being received and transmitted as they should be, the result is calmness, reduced anxiety, and the ability to function as one should.
When abused, Paroxetine can lead to excessive drowsiness or dizziness. This can be especially true if it is mixed with alcohol. Both these effects can be dangerous, especially if one is driving or performing other tasks requiring mental alertness.
Paxil Abuse Treatment Options
Drug rehab facilities and the addiction recovery specialists who work in them are becoming more aware of the problem of growing Paroxetine abuse. For this and other reasons, many drug rehab facilities now specialize in the treatment of Paroxetine abuse or addiction.
Concentrating on a specific substance means that individual and group counseling as well as other treatment methods can be tailored to address the problems that are indicative to the substance being abused. Doing this can mean that treatment will have a more successful outcome.