- Are Paxil and Zoloft the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Paxil?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Zoloft?
- What is Paxil?
- What is Zoloft?
- What Drugs Interact with Paxil?
- What Drugs Interact with Zoloft?
- How Should Paxil Be Taken?
- How Should Zoloft Be Taken?
Are Paxil and Zoloft the Same Thing?
Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride) and Zoloft (sertraline) are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder).
What Are Possible Side Effects of Paxil?
Common side effects of Paxil include:
- nasal irritation,
- sleep problems (insomnia),
- weight changes,
- decreased sex drive,
- difficulty having an orgasm,
- dry mouth,
- yawning, or
- ringing in the ears.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Zoloft?
Common side effects of Zoloft include:
- tired feeling
- sleep problems (insomnia)
- skin rash
- upset stomach
- stomach pain
- dry mouth
- changes in appetite
- abnormal ejaculation
- decreased sex drive
- difficulty having an orgasm
- dry mouth, and
- weight loss.
Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Zoloft including:
- very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, feeling like you might pass out;
- agitation, hallucinations, fever, overactive reflexes, tremors;
- nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, feeling unsteady, loss of coordination;
- trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, fainting, seizure, shallow breathing, or breathing that stops.
What is Paxil?
Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder).
What is Zoloft?
Zoloft (sertraline) is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) antidepressant prescribed for the treatment of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
What Drugs Interact With Paxil?
Paxil may interact with cold or allergy medicines, sedatives, narcotics, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, medicines for seizures or anxiety, other antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), blood thinners, cimetidine, tramadol, L-tryptophan, or medicines to treat migraines.
You may have withdrawal symptoms (such as agitation, dizziness, numbness or tingling, ringing in your ears, confusion, or behavior changes) after you stop taking Paxil.
What Drugs Interact With Zoloft?
Zoloft may interact with cold or allergy medicines, sedatives, narcotics, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, medicines for seizures or anxiety, other antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), blood thinners, cimetidine, fentanyl, St. John's wort, tramadol, L-tryptophan, heart medications, or migraine headache medicines.
Do not take Zoloft if you:
- take a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure if you take an MAOI, including the antibiotic linezolid.
- have taken an MAOI within 2 weeks of stopping Zoloft unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider.
- have stopped taking an MAOI in the last 2 weeks unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider.
- take any other medicines that contain sertraline (such as sertraline HCl or sertraline hydrochloride).
- take the antipsychotic medicine pimozide (Orap®) because this can cause serious heart problems.
- are allergic to sertraline or any of the ingredients in Zoloft. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in Zoloft.
- take Antabuse® (disulfiram) (if you are taking the liquid form of Zoloft) due to the alcohol content.
How Should Paxil Be Taken?
How Should Zoloft Be Taken?
Take Zoloft exactly as prescribed. Your healthcare provider may need to change the dose of Zoloft until it is the right dose for you.
Zoloft Tablets may be taken with or without food.
Zoloft Oral Solution may look cloudy or hazy after mixing, this is normal.
Zoloft Oral Solution must be diluted before use:
Do not mix Zoloft until you are ready to take it.
The oral dropper contains latex. If you are sensitive or allergic to latex, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about the best way to measure your medicine.
If you miss a dose of Zoloft, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time.Do not take two doses of Zoloft at the same
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