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.
Who Makes Paroxetine?
Paxil is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Generic paroxetine is made by several manufacturers.
What Is It Used For?
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.)