The purpose of my paper is to show the affects of Paroxetine in the treatment of elderly patients. Paroxetine is an antidepressant that not only helps with depression but also anxiety. It also helps with the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and four other anxiety related disorders. It’s a potent selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and affects a person’s norepinephrine.
Paroxetine has some side effects that can either kill the patient (cardiac arrhythmia) or just interfere with everyday activities (driving). In a double-blind study a group of sixteen elderly patients, ages ranging from seventy-two years to eighty-six years of age, were given either 15 mg/day or 30 mg/day or a placebo for forty-two days to see the reactions and side effects. Within the first week four patients dropped-out due to lack of motivation and skin rashes.
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Anxiety affects everyone, but at certain times thirteen percent of the population is affected more by it. It is also not just limited to young teens and adults, it also affects the elderly. Just as anxiety affects everyone, there are also pills to help everyone affected by it. One such pill is paroxetine which not only helps with anxiety but depression as well. Paroxetine is recommended for use in patients sixty-five to seventy-five years of age, not for ages twenty-four or below.