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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Chemical Name: PAROXETINE (pa-ROX-e-teen) Paxil is used to treat depression, panic disorders, social anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, generalized anxiety disorders, and post traumatic stress disorder. Paxil is in a class of medications called selected serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It works by increasing the amount of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain mental balance.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes headache, dizziness, weakness, difficulty concentrating, nervousness, forgetfulness, confusion, sleep disturbances upset stomach, heartburn, decreased appetite, weight loss or gain, change in sex drive or ability, dry mouth, sweating, yawning, sensitivity to light, runny nose, cough, lump or tightness in throat, muscle weakness or tightness, unusual dreams, painful or irregular menstruation and pain in the back, muscles, joints.