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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 a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder (social phobia) and generalized anxiety disorders (GAD). SSRIs work by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain (neurotransmitters).
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes headache, dizziness, weakness, difficulty concentrating, nervousness, forgetfulness, confusion, sleepiness, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas, stomach pain, heartburn, changes in ability to taste food, decreased appetite, weight loss or gain, changes in sex drive or ability, dry mouth, sweating, yawning sensitivity to light, runny nose, cough, lump or tightness in throat, pain in the back, muscles, joints or anywhere in the body, muscle weakness or tightness, flushing, problems with teeth, unusual dreams and painful or irregular menstruation.