Paroxetine is a prescription medication which is available both as a generic drug and under the brand name Paxil. Paroxetine belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Like other SSRIs, paroxetine is believed to work by increasing the brain's supply of the feel-good hormone, serotonin. This corrects an existing chemical imbalance, improving mood and creating a feeling of well-being. Paroxetine is most commonly used in the treatment of clinical depression and anxiety disorders. It can also be effective at treating social anxiety disorder. Paxil is available in tablets of ten to forty milligram. An extended release version, Paxil CR, is available in capsules of twelve point five to thirty-seven point five milligrams. Paroxetine should be taken once a day with water. Once you have been taking this medication regularly, do NOT suddenly stop using it, as serious withdrawal symptoms can occur. The most commonly reported side effects of paroxetine include apathy, sexual dysfunction, and drowsiness, but please ask your doctor for a complete list. Also, tell your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you experience spasms or seizures, yellowing of the skin and eyes, suicidal thoughts, or any other significant changes. Paroxetine should not be taken with MAO Inhibitors, like Nardil, or by anyone who is pregnant. Ask your doctor for a full list of medications and conditions that should not be combined with paroxetine. Paxil is a commonly used drug and it can be very effective at easing the symptoms of people with depression. However, this medication must always be used under the direct care of a physician. Please ask for and review all of the patient information provided by your doctor before taking paroxetine.
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Last Updated:December 20, 2012