Paroxetine Mesylate Capsules

Available by prescription only, paroxetine mesylate capsules are used to treat hot flashes caused by menopause. This medicine is the first non-hormonal drug approved by the FDA for this use. It helps relieve moderate-to-severe hot flashes by affecting a certain chemical in the body known as serotonin. Side effects may include nausea, headaches, and fatigue.

What Are Paroxetine Mesylate Capsules?

Paroxetine mesylate capsules (Brisdelle™) are approved to treat hot flashes associated with menopause. The medicine is available by prescription only and belongs to a class of medicines known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is the first non-hormonal medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating hot flashes due to menopause.  
(Click What Are Paroxetine Mesylate Capsules Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, paroxetine mesylate capsules can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes them will experience problems. Most people tolerate them quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects of paroxetine mesylate capsules include but are not limited to:
(Click Paroxetine Mesylate Capsules Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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