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Aropax 20mg 30 Tablets/Pack


Aropax 20mg 30 Tablets/Pack

Aropax 20mg (Paroxetine)


Product Name
Aropax 20mg 30 Tablets/Pack
Active Ingredient
Paroxetine
Manufacturer
GlaxoSmithKline
Product Type
Antidepressant (SSRI)
Product expiry date we are currently shipping
Discontinued, no stock
Also known as
Paxil

This product has been discontinued, but we do have alternatives below.

Aropax 20mg tablets contain paroxetine which is an SSRI antidepressant used to treat major depression and other mood disorders, including, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Aropax general information

What is Aropax used for?

Aropax 20mg tablets (also known as Paxil or Seroxa ) are used to treat depression and symptoms of depressive illness, including anxiety, loss of interest in usual activities, disturbed sleep, change in appetite, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty thinking or concentrating, and recurrent thoughts of suicide. Aropax 20mg tablets are also used to prevent relapse of depression and recurrence of further depressive episodes; and also to treat other mood disorders that affect daily activities and relationships with others including:
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in adults and children
  • Panic disorder (with and without agoraphobia)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Social phobia (social anxiety disorder)

How does Aropax work?

Aropax tablets 20mg contain paroxetine, an antidepressant belonging to the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). Aropax tablets 20mg act in the brain to correct the chemical imbalance that is thought to be one of the major causes of depression and other mood disorders, particularly a lack of serotonin (a neurotransmitter or brain chemical that allows nerve cells to communicate) which controls many body activities, including regulating mood. Paroxetine in Aropax tablets blocks the reuptake of serotonin from the synapse, which is the gap between nerve cells across which chemical messages are sent from one nerve cell to another. If the re-uptake of serotonin by the first nerve cell (pre-synaptic) is blocked, this means that there is more serotonin remaining for the receiving nerve cell (post-synaptic), which allows nerve cells to communicate with each other for longer. The action of Aropax tablets 20mg helps relieve symptoms of depression and other mood disorders by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain, which in turn increases stimulation of nerve pathways that control mood.

What does Aropax contain?

Aropax tablets 20mg contain the active ingredient paroxetine hydrochloride, an antidepressant belonging to the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), used to treat depression and other mood disorders. They also contain calcium hydrogen phosphate, hypromellose, sodium starch glycollate (potato starch), magnesium stearate, polysorbate 80, macrogol 400 and the colouring agent titanium dioxide (white, E171).

Treating depression with Aropax

Aropax tablets 20mg contain paroxetine, which is an antidepressant belonging to the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), used to treat symptoms of depression, including anxiety, loss of interest in usual activities, disturbed sleep, change in appetite, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty thinking or concentrating and recurrent thoughts of suicide. One of the major causes of depression is thought to be a lack of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter, or brain chemical that allows nerve cells to communicate, which controls many body activities, including regulating mood. Aropax works by specifically blocking the reuptake of serotonin from the synapse, or gap between nerve cells across which chemical messages are sent to allow nerve cell to communicate with each other. By preventing the reuptake of serotonin by the first nerve cell (pre-synaptic) there is more serotonin remaining for the receiving nerve cell (post-synaptic), so that nerve cells can communicate with each other for longer which increases stimulation of nerve pathways that control mood changes, relieving symptoms of depression.

Aropax for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Aropax tablets 20mg contain paroxetine, which is an antidepressant belonging to the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), used to treat symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), including intrusive unwanted repetitive thoughts and an irresistible urge to keep repeating certain actions, such as hand-washing or counting, to try and prevent some imagined dreaded event. One of the major causes of OCD is thought to be low levels of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter (brain chemical that allows nerve cells to communicate) and if there is a lack of serotonin, the brain cells involved in nerve pathways that control mood changes generate feelings of anxiety and panic instead of well-being, which is associated with high levels of serotonin. Aropax works by blocking the reuptake of serotonin from the synapse, or gap between nerve cells across which chemical messages are sent to allow nerve cell to communicate with each other. By preventing the reuptake of serotonin by the first nerve cell (pre-synaptic) there is more serotonin remaining for the receiving nerve cell (post-synaptic), so that nerve cells can communicate with each other for longer which increases stimulation of nerve pathways that control mood changes, relieving symptoms of OCD.

What are the side effects of Aropax?

The more common side effects reported when taking Aropax tablets 20mg are generally mild and transient and usually disappear with continued treatment. They include: headache, unsteadiness when walking, tremors, decreased or loss of appetite, dry mouth, diarrhoea, nausea, sleeplessness, unusual dreams, fatigue, drowsiness, increased sweating, sexual problems, bruising, impaired concentration, and weight gain.

When should Aropax not be used?

You should not use Aropax if you:
  • are allergic to paroxetine or any of the ingredients in Aropax tablets 20mg
  • are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • have liver disease
  • are taking any monoamine oxidase inhibitor medications as these can cause serious reactions if taken with Aropax or within 14 days of taking Aropax
  • taking other medication that interact with Aropax, including: monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) for depression, the analgesic tramadol, metoprolol for high blood pressure, tricyclic antidepressants like nortriptyline, Fosamprenavir+ritonavir for HIV, tryptophan, or phentermine (mood alteration), procyclidine for Parkinson’s disease, the antipsychotics pimozide and risperidone, herbal remedies containing St. John´s Wort
  • are taking medication that affects blood clotting as these may increase risk of bleeding if taken with Aropax

What medications interact with Aropax?

Several medications interact with Aropax and should either not be taken while you are taking Aropax or only after discussion and instruction from your doctor:
  • Drugs that cause a serious reaction with Aropax: monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) for depression; serotonergic drugs like tryptophan and phentermine (mood alteration) or the analgesic tramadol, as these may increase risk of serotonin syndrome
  • Drugs that affect Aropax: Fosamprenavir+ritonavir for HIV
  • Drugs that are affected by Aropax: metoprolol for high blood pressure, tricyclic antidepressants like nortriptyline, tamoxifen for breast cancer, procyclidine for Parkinson’s disease, the antipsychotics pimozide and risperidone, tricyclic antidepressants like nortriptyline

How should Aropax be taken?

You should take your Aropax tablets 20mg with a glass of water, swallowed whole, with or without food usually once a day, at the same time each day, for several weeks or months, depending on your condition and your doctor’s recommendations. Your doctor may increase your dose, depending on what you are being treated for.

How long should you take Aropax?

You should take your Aropax tablets 20mg regularly for as long as recommended by your doctor, usually at least 6 months.

Missed dose of Aropax

If you miss a dose of Aropax take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.

How should Aropax be stored?

You should keep your Aropax tablets 20mg in their blister packs until use and store below 30°C in a cool dry place.



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