Paroxetine hydrochloride (HCl) is a prescription drug sold under the brand name Paxil®. It is licensed to treat a number of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It is sold in the form of a tablet and a suspension (liquid). Prior to starting treatment with paroxetine HCl, talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and any medications you are taking, including nonprescription products. The most common side effects of this antidepressant include nausea, insomnia, and ejaculation problems.
(For more information on this drug, click Paroxetine. This article offers a complete overview, including details on clinical effectiveness, dosing guidelines, available strengths, and more.)