Paroxetine is a prescription medication that is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder, and other conditions. The medicine belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine works by blocking the reuptake of a chemical (serotonin) in the brain. The drug comes in tablet and suspension (liquid) form and is usually taken once a day. Examples of side effects that may occur include ejaculation problems, nausea, and insomnia.
This article refers to the original, immediate-release paroxetine products (Paxil). Paroxetine is also the active ingredient in a few other products. For information about these other paroxetine products, please see:
What Is Paroxetine?
Paroxetine hydrochloride (Paxil®) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat a number of conditions within the brain.
Paxil is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Generic paroxetine is made by several manufacturers.
Paroxetine is licensed to treat a number of conditions, including:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
(Click What Is Paroxetine Used For? for more information on what it is used for, including possible off-label uses of the medication.)