Two studies looked at using paroxetine to treat adults with panic disorder. Up to 76 percent of people taking paroxetine were free from panic attacks, compared to only 44 percent of those not taking it. Paroxetine has not been studied in children or teens with panic disorder.
Social Anxiety Disorder
In studies of paroxetine for social anxiety disorder, up to 77 percent of adults showed improvement while taking it, compared to only 42 percent of those not taking paroxetine.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Studies have shown that more people with generalized anxiety disorder taking paroxetine have more improvement in their anxiety symptoms, compared to people not taking paroxetine. Also, long-term studies have shown that paroxetine can help prevent relapse (when anxiety comes back).
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Studies have shown paroxetine to be effective for the treatment of PTSD in adults. More people taking it felt they were "much improved" or "very much improved," compared to people not taking it. Paroxetine was also shown to reduce PTSD symptoms.
Some general considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- It comes in tablet and suspension (liquid) form. You take the drug by mouth, usually once a day.
- Make sure to shake paroxetine suspension well before each dose.
- If the medicine makes you drowsy, try taking it before bedtime. If the medication causes insomnia for you, try taking it in the morning. Most people take it in the morning.
- You can take it with or without food. If paroxetine bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Take paroxetine at the same time each day. This will help to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The drug will not work if you stop taking it.