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Question:

A prescription is written for Paxil 10 mg QD. What medication and dosing schedule are being ordered?

A paroxetine 10 mg once daily
Explaination

The generic name of Paxil is paroxetine, and QD is the sig for once daily. Fluoxetine is generic for Prozac, citalopram for Celexa, and escitalopram for Lexapro. All of these drugs are selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors. The generic drug names for Paxil and Prozac are often confused; however, both Paxil and paroxetine begin with the letters pa-.