:: Health Conditions - Depression
- Paxil Paroxetine
Paxil® is the brand name of a drug Paroxetine.
Paroxetine (Paxil) is in an antidepressant. It belongs to
a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
Paroxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may become
unbalanced and cause depression, panic or anxiety, or obsessive
or compulsive symptoms.
Generic Paxil, Paroxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive
disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social
anxiety disorder (social phobia), posttraumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
While you are taking paroxetine you may need to be monitored
for worsening symptoms of depression and/or suicidal thoughts
at the start of therapy or when doses are changed. This concern
about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors
may be greater if you are 18 years of age or younger and are
taking paroxetine. In patients younger than 18 years, the
period of risk may extend beyond start of therapy or when
doses are changed. Your doctor may want you to monitor for
the following symptoms: anxiety, panic attacks, difficulty
sleeping, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, severe restlessness,
and mania (mental and/or physical hyperactivity). These symptoms
may be associated with the development of worsening symptoms
of depression and/or suicidal thoughts or actions. Contact
your healthcare provider if you develop any new or worsening
mental health symptoms during treatment with paroxetine. Do
not stop taking paroxetine.
Do not stop taking paroxetine without first talking to your
doctor. It may take 4 weeks or more for you to start feeling
better and unpleasant side effects may be experienced if you
stop taking paroxetine suddenly.