Paroxetine is indicated for the treatment of menopause-related hot flashes. This medication is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).
Uses and Dosage
Consult your doctor or pharmacist before switching brands of this medication, as they have differing uses.
Follow your doctor’s instructions and take this medication orally, with or without food, usually once daily at bedtime.
For optimal results, use this medication consistently. To help you remember, take it at the same time every day.
Continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Do not discontinue usage without consulting your doctor, as abrupt cessation may exacerbate certain conditions. Discontinuation symptoms such as mood swings, headaches, fatigue, changes in sleep patterns, and transient sensations resembling electric shocks may occur. To minimize these symptoms during the discontinuation process, your doctor may gradually reduce your dosage.
Inform your doctor if there is no improvement in your condition or if it worsens.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- difficulty concentrating
- stomach pain
- changes in ability to taste food
- decreased appetite
- weight loss or gain
- sexual problems in males; decreased sex drive, inability to get or keep an erection, or delayed or absent ejaculation
- sexual problems in females; decreased sex drive, or delayed orgasm or unable to have an orgasm
- dry mouth
- pain in the back, muscles, bones, or anywhere in the body
- tenderness or swelling of joints
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist (hallucinating)
- rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
- chest pain
- difficulty breathing
- agitation, fever, sweating, confusion, fast or irregular heartbeat, and severe muscle stiffness or twitching, hallucinations, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- abnormal bleeding or bruising
- tiny red spots directly under the skin
- peeling or blistering of skin
- sore throat, fever, chills, cough, and other signs of infection
- uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
- unsteady walking that may cause falling
- numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, arms, or legs
- painful erection that lasts for hours
- sudden nausea, vomiting, weakness, cramping, bloating, swelling, tightness in hands and feet, dizziness, headache and/or confusion
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- black and tarry stools
- red blood in stools
- bloody vomit
- vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- bone pain or fracture
- tenderness, swelling, or bruising of one part of your body
Prior to initiating paroxetine, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any known allergies to the medication or other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
Before commencing the use of this medication, discuss your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have a personal or family history of bipolar disorder, manic-depressive disorder, or suicide attempts. Disclose any history of liver problems, kidney problems, low sodium levels in the blood, seizures, bleeding disorders, or a personal or family history of angle-closure glaucoma.
This medication may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. The consumption of alcohol or marijuana can exacerbate these effects, resulting in increased dizziness or drowsiness. Refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in tasks requiring alertness or clear vision until you can safely do so.
The elderly population may exhibit heightened sensitivity to the side effects of this medication, particularly an increased risk of bleeding or loss of coordination. Older adults may also be at higher risk of developing hyponatremia, a type of salt imbalance, especially if they are concurrently taking diuretics (water pills). Loss of coordination can increase the likelihood of falls.
Children using this medication may be more susceptible to its side effects, particularly loss of appetite and weight loss. Close monitoring of weight and height is recommended for children undergoing treatment with this drug.
Typically, this medication is not prescribed to women of childbearing age. Paroxetine is not recommended for use during pregnancy as it may harm the unborn baby. If you suspect that you are pregnant or planning to conceive, promptly discuss the potential benefits and risks of continuing this medication during pregnancy with your doctor. In rare cases, newborns of mothers who have used this medication during the last three months of pregnancy may exhibit withdrawal symptoms such as difficulties in feeding or breathing, seizures, muscle stiffness, or persistent crying. If you observe any of these symptoms in your newborn, inform the doctor immediately.
This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Brisdelle is available in the following forms and strengths:
Can Brisdelle cause weight gain?
No. Weight gain is not listed as a side effect for Brisdelle.
Does Brisdelle help with anxiety?
No. Brisdelle is not meant to treat any mental health conditions. This medication only contains a very small dose, so it wouldn’t be effective for treating anxiety.