How Long Does Paxil Stay In Your System

Paxil takes almost five days to stay in the system depending on age, genetics, body mass, metabolic rate, etc. It is a medication prescribed by physicians to treat major depression and other complications. It is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), that helps increase the number of chemicals that stabilize mood in a patient.

Half-Life Of Paxil

The half-life of Paxil is reported to be 21 to 24 hours, which means that 50% of the drug is excreted from a patient’s system within 21 hours after stopping the medication. After another 21 hours, this amount is further reduced to 50%. Due to this half-life trend, Paxil stays in a patient’s system for 5 days. 

Paxil presence might be detected through the following tests;

How long does paxil stay in the body

Blood Test: Through a blood test, we can detect Paxil presence in the body in a few hours of its upon a patient’s body mass, age, genetics, and hydration.

Urine Test: Paxil remains in the urine for about 1-3 days depending on the dosage taken. The most important factor that influences this is hydration. Since Paxil in urine is greatly dependant on urinary flow, its excretion depends upon hydration.

Saliva Test: Paxil might remain in the saliva for up to three days. However, it depends on several reasons. Duration of Paxil in the saliva depends upon Basal Metabolic Rate. High BMR individuals tend to eliminate these types of drugs from the body faster than those with low BMR. This is because those with high BMR have low fat and tend to absorb low Paxil than those with low BMR.

Hair Text: Seroxat remains in the hair for about 16 months after use. However, like other tests, detection of Paxil in hair is not possible. Hair tests are carried out to detect the main drugs of abuse like cocaine, barbiturates, and methadone.(Metushi, I.G., Sanders, C., Acute Liver Study Group, Lee, W.M. and Uetrecht, J., 2014)

Factors That Influence Paxil Stay In The System

Reduction in dosage: The best and fastest way to remove Paxil presence in the system is by reducing the dosage. Over time the body hardly notices the declination in dosage and concentration. The body adapts to the new dosage, as the process goes on.

Stay Hydrated: Antidepressant used for an extended period can result in dehydration which lay host to a plethora of side effects.  Staying hydrated, help flush out Paxil, toxins, chemicals, fats, and other unwanted items through urine from the system. The more water is consumed, the faster it is to flush out the Paxil.  

Eat Healthy Food: Eating healthy food is another way to flush out Paxil faster. Patients should avoid sugar and bad fatty foods, rather eat green leafy vegetables, yogurt, chia seeds, lemon, avocados, and almonds, which can help them in detoxification of Paxil.

Regular Exercise: A regular physical exercise helps to quickly flush out Paxil through sweat. Paxil also causes weight gain as a result of an increase in appetite. Regular exercise makes the body fight Paxil sedating properties, which tries to limit physical activities.

Sauna: Sauna is another effective way to flush out Paxil and other unwanted toxins through sweat from the body. (Hubbard, M.D.I.O. and Imbalance, H.)

How Paxil Affects The Brain And Body

Paxil helps to restore the balance of serotonin in the brain and may improve mood, sleep, and energy level, and may help restore interest in daily living.  It may also decrease fear, anxiety, unwanted thoughts, and the number of panic attacks. It may also reduce the urge to perform repeated tasks, which affect daily living.(Hutchison, S.M., Mâsse, L.C., Pawluski, J.L. and Oberlander, T.F., 2018)

Avoid Paxil During Pregnancy And Breast Feeding

Paxil may cause heart defects and lung problems in a newborn if the medication is taken during pregnancy. However, depression may worsen if stopped all of a sudden during pregnancy. Paxil also passes into breast milk and may harm the nursing baby. The doctor should be consulted under such circumstances.

Side-Effects Of Paxil

Some common side-effects of Paxil are;

  • Drowsiness
  • Weight Gain
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Asthenia                                         
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