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Paroxetine Mesylate Dosage

Dose of Paroxetine Mesylate for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

The usual starting dosage of paroxetine mesylate for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is 20 mg once a day. Your healthcare provider may increase this amount by 10 mg per day, no more often than once a week, to a maximum of 50 mg a day. However, in studies, higher paroxetine mesylate doses were not more effective than the daily 20-mg dose for treating GAD.

General Information on Taking Paroxetine Mesylate

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with paroxetine mesylate include the following:
  • This medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
  • Paroxetine mesylate is normally taken in the morning. If it makes you drowsy, try taking it in the evening before bed.
  • A dose of paroxetine mesylate can be taken with or without food. Try taking it with food if it seems to bother your stomach.
  • This medication should be taken whole. Do not chew or crush the tablets.
  • It may take several weeks for paroxetine mesylate to start to work, and a few months for the full benefits to be felt. Do not stop taking this medication or take a different dose without talking with your healthcare provider.
  • Try to take this medication at the same time each day to keep an even level in your bloodstream.
  • For paroxetine mesylate to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
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